Cape Town, 10 November 2010 – Greenpacket, a leading developer of next generation mobile broadband and networking solutions, which recently clinched three WiMAX modem supply deals with operators in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Malawi; plans for more riding on Africa’s impending broadband boom.
According to Kelvin Lee, Senior General Manager of Green Packet who was at the Africa Com 2010 conference in Cape Town, Africa is the region to watch for mobile broadband subscriber growth from 2011 onwards due to new undersea cable fiber optics which will add capacity and lower costs to spur demand in the African continent.
“And the growth potential is massive with only 9.6 percent of Africa’s 991 million population estimated to have an internet connection by end 2010, which is a huge contrast to the 21 percent internet user penetration in developing countries and 30 percent world average,” he said citing ITU statistics.
Greenpacket penetrated into the Middle East and Africa in 2007 having established an operation in Bahrain to serve the region, which currently sees it engaged in more than 20 operator deployments and trials. It has eight other operations worldwide to support its growing customer base which currently numbers 35 operators in 29 countries.
Lee said, “We have an early mover advantage in this region and we want to build on this momentum to secure preferred partner status with operators in Africa. We’re especially keen to support operators wanting to leverage wireless broadband access networks to bridge last mile connectivity and fill the gap left open by limited wireline infrastructure. Wireless broadband technologies like WiMAX have a huge role to play in the African market as its maturity and large ecosystem means lower costs and quicker time-to-market.”
Greenpacket’s winning proposition to operators stems from the fact that it is uniquely, a fully integrated player in the 4G space as technology provider and operator (via Packet One). This enables the company to develop highly innovative WiMAX devices and carrier-grade solutions that are based on real operator needs, helping them win over and keep subscribers.
Currently World No. 3 for WiMAX modems in terms of market share, Green Packet boasts a comprehensive suite of high-performance indoor, outdoor and USB dongle WiMAX modems across the 2.3-3.5GHz frequencies. Its modems come with value-adds such as built-in WiFi and VoIP ports, or pre-installed intelligent connection manager software to enable seamless WiFi-WiMAX roaming. Included in its portfolio, is an economical range for operators targeting to lower the cost barrier to entry to encourage higher subscriber take-up. All of Greenpacket’ modems are interoperability tested with leading vendors worldwide and field-tested on live networks.
Greenpacket will be showcasing some of its products and solutions at Africa Com 2010, Stand P72a, November 10 – 11, Cape Town Convention Centre, South Africa.
Greenpacket prides itself as a leading developer of Next Generation mobile broadband and networking solutions. Its carrier-grade solutions and award-winning consumer devices help Telecommunications Operators open new avenues, meet new demands, and enrich lifestyles while forging new relationships. Greenpacket believes in a future of limitless freedom in wireless communications and commits to meeting the needs of customers through innovative solutions.
Greenpacket is the solutions pillar of Green Packet Berhad, which is founded in 2000 in the Silicon Valley. Green Packet Berhad is now headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and listed on the Main Board of the Malaysian bourse. It has over 1000 employees with nine operations across the globe. For more information visit: www.greenpacket.com
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