ICE, Costa Rica's largest telecommunications provider, has undertaken a substantial residential and business subscriber expansion of next-generation advanced services in the country with Airspan's WiMAX Products.
Airspan Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: AIRN), a leading provider of WiMAX-based broadband wireless access networks, announced today that ICE (Instituto
Costarricense de Electricidad) of Costa Rica, the country's main telecommunications operator, has awarded Airspan Networks a follow-on order worth approximately $12.5 million through its local partner, Datatell (Datatell 3000 de Costa Rica), 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 selfinstall desktop units. Together, the equipment will compose a large WiMAX network offering a broad range of next-generation applications.
“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.
Source: Airspan Networks Inc.
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