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Wana chooses CBNL for multi-service delivery

06 February 2008

VectaStar flexibility enables WiMAX, CDMA and Enterprise access services on a single, multi-frequency platform.

Moroccan telecommunications operator Wana has awarded Cambridge Broadband Networks a significant contract for the provision of its VectaStar transmission platform.

Wana is using VectaStar to backhaul multiple services including corporate access and CDMA cellular traffic with WiMAX set to follow later in 2008. The network will operate on two frequency bands, 3.5 and 10.5GHz, simultaneously.

A key reason for Wana selecting VectaStar was because of its cost effective deployment architecture for operators holding multiple frequency licenses.

VectaStar is the only Point-to-Multipoint microwave platform that operates on all frequencies simultaneously from a single hub. Furthermore, VectaStar has integrated multi-protocol quality of service (QoS) management and optimisation capability.

This ensures that only data that is actually required is transmitted across the network.

The statistical multiplexing feature that is a key feature of the VectaStar radio plane architecture means VectaStar can effectively carry at least four times the data of any competing system in the same over-the-air bandwidth; ensuring Wana can cope with the diverse access and backhaul requirements of the mixed, CDMA, enterprise and WiMAX services they intend to deploy over it.

Karim Zaz Chairman and CEO, from Wana, explains

"VectaStar has performed well for us as an access solution so it was the logical choice to expand our network using it.

"Being able to expand our application of VectaStar to include backhauling our CDMA and WiMAX network underpins our original decision to back this innovative, scalable platform."

Olof Lindberg, Vice President Worldwide Sales of Cambridge Broadband Networks, comments:

"Wana has been recognised by the African Telecoms Union for its innovative provision of cellular and access services.

"As an established VectaStar customer, we are thrilled to have been able to work with Wana to make this service a reality and look forward to working with it on the next phase of its deployment of wireless broadband services.

"Wana started its commercial operation with VectaStar more than a year ago and the fact it has selected Cambridge Broadband Networks to handle the next generation of high speed data services is a glowing testament to the underlying strength of the VectaStar product and Point-to-Multipoint transmission."

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