Ghana Telecom Buying $3m Gear From Alvarion

Alvarion's eMGW systens will enable the Accra-based telco to provide broadband data service

Wireless access provider Alvarion (TASE, Nasdaq: ALVR) today announced a contract with Ghana Telecom.

The Israeli company says Ghana Telecom is buying $3 million worth of Alvarion's eMGW equipment.

Ghana Telecom already built a broadband wireless network in Accra, Ghana's capital city, using $4 million of eMGW to provide broadband data and toll quality voices services to more than 2000 customers with limited infrastructure. This current deal covers network expansion that will occur in the fourth quarter of 2005 and continue through the first quarter of 2006, Alvarion says.

"Expanding our broadband wireless network with eMGW is a direct result of customer demand from both business and residential users," said Jarle Rekve, Ghana Telecom's chief technical officer. The figures are not huge, though.

"As we expand our Accra network, we will continue to connect tens of new customers each day, while preparing for deploying broadband wireless networks in additional cities in Ghana," Rekve said.

Alvarion's eMGW is a point-to-multi-point fixed wireless system that is cost and technology optimized to offer data and voice services to SOHO and residential users. eMGW supports fast Internet services, corporate network access and carrier-class telephony in a single system, and with its innovative 'hybrid-switching' architecture, uses both circuit and packet switching to maximize spectrum and equipment utilization. Operating in a wide range of frequencies, from 800MHz to 5.7GHz, eMGW has been successfully installed in over 60 countries.

Alvarion was not one of the better stocks in 2005: it sank 25%. This year it has been rallying, rising 7% from the start of the year.

Alvarion stock from the start of 2004