Microlink Zambia Selects Airspan 4G for Nationwide Network

Microlink Zambia Selects Airspan 4G for Nationwide Network 
Providing Next-Generation Broadband Services 
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --  AfricaCom
2012 -- Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of broadband
wireless access networks, announced today that Microlink Zambia has
rolled out an Airspan 4G wireless solution in Lusaka and other key
cities in Zambia. 
The 4G network is utilizing a combination of Macro and Pico base
stations. The layering of smaller base stations into larger macro
cells achieves more comprehensive cell coverage as well as boosts
capacity. These types of networks are called Heterogeneous Networks
(HetNets). Airspan is supplying their Air4G macro base station, an
extremely compact yet powerful unit, which is being paired with
AirSynergy, an innovative, very low-power, compact and flexible small
cell base station. Working with the base stations are a variety of
user devices, including outdoor mounted units, indoor desktop units,
as well as USB dongles for mobility. 
The first phase deployment covers several regions of the country
including many challenging environments such as in the Copperbelt
mining region in Zambia which is prone to severe electrical storms
and heavy downpours. 
"Airspan has been a great partner on this project. Their solutions
have enabled us to deploy a cost-effective 4G network that enables us
to provide our customers with fast and reliable connectivity that
best fits their needs and budgets," commented John Taylor, CEO of
Microlink. "With Airspan's 4G platforms, we are able to offer unique,
cost-effective, data services running on a 4G WiMAX network today,
expand quickly into new areas as our customer base grows and migrate
to an LTE platform in the future." 
The network, operating in the 2.5 GHz band, is providing
multi-megabit speeds and a variety of service packages to residents
and businesses throughout the coverage area. Microlink currently
offers services in Lusaka, Kitwe, Ndola, Chingola, Solwezi,
Chililabobmwe, Mufulira, Kapiri, Kafue, Mazabuka, Choma and
Livingstone districts. 
"Africa still only has a 13.5% Internet penetration rate for the
entire continent. Zambia trends even lower with only 6.4% of the
population using the Internet. This void has spurred Microlink to
deploy a
 country-wide network to reach underserved regions and
empower customers with high-speed Internet and much-needed
applications such as e-commerce capabilities," commented Amit
Ancikovsky, President of Products and Sales for Airspan Networks.
"Airspan is seeing an acceleration of 4G network deployments
throughout Africa and is looking forward to working with additional
African ISPs in modernizing the telecommunications infrastructure and
facilitating regional economic growth." 
Airspan equipment operates between the 150 MHz and 6 GHz band.
Airspan offers a wide variety of equipment to meet nearly any
deployment scenario with pico, micro and macro base stations. 
About Microlink
 As one of the pioneers of wireless Internet in
Zambia, Microlink firmly believes the future world of the Internet
will increasingly be a 'wireless' world. Microlink is able to offer
internet solutions which fit the requirements of the client. With our
licenced frequency bands, we are not affected by interference from
the proliferation of unlicensed wireless devices. The various classes
and grades of service vary widely, but ultimately provide quality and
speed. 
About Airspan Networks Inc.
 Airspan (PINKSHEETS: AIRO) is a leading
4G wireless solution provider. With over 1000 customers in over 100
countries and as a top vendor for carrier-class broadband wireless
solutions, Airspan is recognized as a leader and pioneer in 4G and
broadband wireless technologies. Providing an expansive product
portfolio, Airspan offers customers the widest selection of 4G
products in the industry with an unsurpassed level of technology to
benefit their business case. Airspan has solutions spanning the 150
MHz to 6 GHz frequency bands. www.airspan.com. 
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Dori Erann
Vice President of Marketing
Airspan Networks Inc.
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Email: derann@airspan.com 
 
 
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