FINTEL finally decided to introduce their own broadband service. Currently, FINTEL sells bandwidth from the Southern Cross Fibre-optic cables to ISPs in Fiji (Unwired Fiji and Connect) and as a result the prices are high. Hopefully with their own ISP, FINTEL will be able to provide faster and cheap internet and data servives. Named Kidanet (pronounced as ‘keen-da-net’) ; meaning a new dawn (or sometthing like that). FINTEL has chosen the WiMAX wireless standard for their network. While details are sketchy, FINTEL has partnered with Alvarion, using their WiMAX Certified™ platform: BreezeMAX™. The equipment is said to be provided through Paclink, an Australian based I.T. company who is also a partner of Alvarion. Here is the press release on the Paclink website.
Tel Aviv, Israel, December 4, 2006–Alvarion Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALVR), the world’s leading provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks, today announced that Fiji International Communications Limited (FINTEL), the country’s international telecommunications provider, has selected BreezeMAX to offer WiMAX data services to the businesses and residents of the Fiji islands. Working with Paclink, a leading South Pacific systems integrator, FINTEL will start by offering services in the capital city of Suva, later expanding to more of the 330 islands in the south Pacific archipelago.
“We are pleased to be able to bring the ‘4G’ services of WiMAX to the Fiji,” said Mr. Jone Wesele, Commercial & Business Development Manager of FINTEL. “As a complement to our existing fiber and satellite networks, BreezeMAX has proven to be ideal for our island terrain. It’s a robust, ruggedized system with exceptionally high performance for our non-line-of-sight environment and meets the demanding bandwidth and service requirements of our busy tourist industry.”
BreezeMAX is Alvarion’s award-winning, WiMAX Certified™ platform designed from the ground up according to the IEEE 802.16 standards and uses OFDM technology for advanced non-line-of-sight (NLOS) functionality.
“Bringing WiMAX to the Fiji Islands is very exciting, and we are thrilled to plan and deploy such a significant addition to FINTEL’s network capabilities,” said Philip Martyn of Paclink. “We look forward to growing our relationship with Alvarion to offer more network solutions to FINTEL and other carriers in our region.”
BreezeMAX carrier-class design supports broadband speeds and quality of service (QoS) to enable carriers to offer triple play broadband services to thousands of subscribers in a single base station. Since its launch in mid-2004, BreezeMAX has been successfully deployed in over 200 installations in more than 80 countries around the world.
“We applaud FINTEL’s decision to strategically integrate the excellent business case of BreezeMAX to add broadband data services to its already existing network capabilities,” said Tzvika Friedman, president and CEO of Alvarion. “As our deployments in Asia Pacific increase, we are pleased to see more and more carriers leverage our market-leading BreezeMAX in their island environments. In addition, WiMAX services will give the Fiji tourist industry a substantial boost with the corresponding economic benefits.”
Now we will have to wait and see what kind of dawn Kidanet will bring.