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Greenpacket secures African deal

AvantiKumar | March 4, 2011
Malaysian mobile broadband firm to supply WiMAX solution to Zimbabwe.


KUALA LUMPUR, 4 MARCH 2011 - Malaysian mobile broadband and networking solutions firm Green Packet (Greenpacket) has secured a WiMAX modem supply deal with Zimbabwe Internet service and VoIP provider Aptics Trading.


Greenpacket senior general manager Kelvin Lee said the company how has more than 35 per cent of Africa's WiMAX [Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access] market by winning four contracts in the continent within a one-year period. "Our consecutive wins in the region prove that we have become the firm favourite. We attribute our success to engaging with operators directly. We have built significant traction in countries like South Africa, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Nigeria where we are confident of capturing more market share."


"Mobile WiMAX technology appeals to greenfield operators as it bridges the gap left open by limited wireline infrastructure and the lower cost of deployment suits Africa's challenging economic landscape where ARPU (average revenue per user) is low but demand for broadband is high," said Lee.


"Greenpacket's award winning WiMAX modems have proven to deliver best-in-class performance," said Aptics Trading CEO Jahdiel Mafukidze. "On top of that, the Greenpacket team has demonstrated world-class customer service levels and intense commitment to the advancement of 4G wireless technology with their innovative product roadmap."


"Africa is a sunrise market for mobile WiMAX presenting vast opportunities," said Greenpacket's Lee. "In the past year, mobile WiMAX take-up jumped five-fold to 200,000 subscribers, as reported by ABI Research, and it is expected to double in 2011. While there may be a convergence of technologies in the future, we cannot ignore the fact that there is current demand for broadband to answer."



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