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Airspan Networks has announced today that I.C.E. (El Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad) of Costa Rica, the country’s main telecommunications operator, has awarded it a follow-on order worth approximately US$12.5 million through its local partner, Datatell, for a network expansion and the deployment of several tens of thousands of CPEs (customer premises equipment).
The network, operating in the 3.5 GHz band, is made up of Airspan WiMAX Forum Certified HiperMAX base stations and a combination of ProST outdoor installed CPEs and EasyST self-install desktop units.
“Airspan is excited to continue to supply I.C.E. with solutions for their WiMAX network. We have been working closely with Datatell to ensure that I.C.E. receives the best comprehensive solution, not only for the actual WiMAX equipment, but also for network installation, management and maintenance as well as radio planning. We look forward to an on-going strong relationship with the company and to continuing to help them quickly achieve their growth objectives,” stated Amit Ancikovsky, Airspan’s Vice President and General Manager, Americas.
Eric Stonestrom, Airspan’s President and Chief Executive Officer, added, “Incumbent carriers such as I.C.E. continue to select Airspan to solve their broadband connectivity needs. We are helping these operators quickly deploy field-proven networks whether overcoming challenging terrain, serving diverse demographics, or providing a quick return on aggressive business models.” Stonestrom continued, “Despite the challenging economic times, the business case for wireless broadband connectivity around the world remains compelling. Airspan’s combination of strong customer focus and award-winning products continue to create value for our customers.”
Chinese telecoms equipment supplier Huawei has won a USD235 million contract to develop a 3G network for Costa Rican state telecoms operator ICE, writes BNamericas. The 3G network, which will comprise 950,000 lines and will be financed by the Central American Bank for Economic Development (Cabei), is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter. Huawei submitted the lowest of three bids in November; the other two bidding companies were Ericsson (which bid USD341 million) and ZTE (USD447 million).