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VectaStar powers Gateway to African Innovation Prize

17 June 2009

Gateway Communications’ Enterprise Broadband solution wins Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award.

Leading pan-African service provider Gateway Communications was presented with the prestigious Business Innovation award at the annual GTB Innovation Awards 2009 last night.

The awards ceremony, held yesterday evening, was attended by 350 industry leaders from around the world.

Global Telecoms Business is one of the leading trade magazines for the telecoms industry, and its Summit is internationally recognised as one of the most trusted industry events.

The GTB Innovation Awards, taking place at the end of the day, are the highlight of the event and are designed to honour innovative projects involving telecoms operators and service providers around the world, in association with their vendors and suppliers.

Gateway Communications received the Wireless Network Infrastructure Innovation award for its AirLink and MetroLink services which deliver secure, high-quality, and reliable broadband connectivity to enterprises in Nigeria and across west Africa using the Cambridge Broadband Networks VectaStar wireless broadband platform.

Peter Gbedemah, Chief Executive, Gateway Communications explains:

"The fast pace of business and demand for connectivity makes West Africa an ideal environment for rolling our high speed wireless services.

"Access to reliable broadband connectivity is becoming increasingly important in this global marketplace. A wireless platform like VectaStar enables us to deliver more innovative services to our customers, helping to reduce costs and allowing them to concentrate on their core business with confidence and security. Using VectaStar means we can provide Gateway’s customers with their own wireless broadband solution for connecting multi-branch enterprise networks."

VectaStar is the most widely deployed point to multipoint (PMP) microwave packet system across Africa, and is already powering enterprise and mobile backhaul networks the length and breadth of the continent.

VectaStar meets the varied connectivity challenges of the region by combining a unique combination of the highest throughput PMP architecture, advanced hitless adaptive coding modulation (ACM) capability and intelligent data optimisation, making it the most cost-effective way to build a mobile broadband network and provide wireless broadband.

Graham Peel, CEO, Cambridge Broadband Networks, commented,

"Our congratulations to Gateway Communications for this well-deserved award. The synergy of Gateway’s innovative edge and our world-leading, scalable platform, VectaStar, has helped make fast and cost-effective wireless broadband accessible across the globe.

"The solutions that we are developing together are designed to not only meet the requirements of today’s world-class operators, but the next generation networks they will build in the future."

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