Ultra-high capacity wireless communications links to connect underserved markets in Africa’s interior
LAGOS, Nigeria. - Tuesday, April 14th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AOptix, a pioneer in ultra-high capacity wireless communications, today announced that partner WaveTek has successfully completed deployment and field validation of AOptix’ Laser-Radio technology in Lagos, Nigeria. The seven-kilometer link connected capacity from submarine fiber-optic cables to a distribution point in the city’s interior, and proved the ability of Laser-Radio technology to provide high-bandwidth connectivity between mobile carriers in Nigeria and the rest of the world.
“Over the past several years there has been a push to lay submarine optical cables to connect the African continent,” said Michael Klayko, CEO of AOptix. “With the undersea cables largely in place, the challenge now is to pull that network capacity into Africa’s population centers, and bring connectivity to underserved markets. This is a perfect job for the AOptix Intellimax because it wirelessly delivers fiber-like performance and high availability over long distances, even in harsh weather conditions and across complex terrain.”
Lagos, the largest city in Africa with a population of more than 20 million, is the landing point for four major submarine fiber-optic cables—SAT-3/WASC/SAFE, ACE, GLO-1 and Main One—that connect Nigeria to Europe. Yet not enough infrastructure exists in the region today to transport the optical bandwidth, making it difficult to bring network capacity where it’s needed. The outdated microwave links widely used throughout Africa do not provide enough capacity and reliability to support the region’s rapidly growing mobile data traffic.
As Nigeria looks to modernize its communications infrastructure, WaveTek is on the cutting edge of the industry with the deployment of AOptix Intellimax laser-radio technology. Originally developed for deep space imaging and later further developed in military applications, AOptix’ Laser-Radio technology is the core of the AOptix Intellimax family of products, giving the products the unique characteristics ideal for next generation mobile backhaul, fiber extension and last-mile enterprise applications.
“In Nigeria, and across Africa, fiber is simply not viable in most situations—it is too costly to deploy given the challenges of the terrain,” said Ken Spann, CEO of WaveTek Nigeria. “On the other hand, microwave doesn’t provide the bandwidth and range needed and can’t stand up to our humidity and heavy rains. The AOptix Intellimax link has weathered our rainy season, delivering 100 percent uptime. The technology has significant potential to bring broadband mobile connectivity to underserved populations in Nigeria and across Africa.”
AOptix and WaveTek conducted the Lagos validation using an E-band trial license granted by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and have also been working closely with the NCC to open up E-band spectrum for full use in the country. The NCC organized a stakeholders’ event heralding the imminent release of the spectrum in the first half of 2015, marking an important milestone that will allow widespread deployment of AOptix Intellimax (which uses E-band for the radio portion of its Laser-Radio technology) across the country to bring reliable, broadband mobile connectivity to a larger portion of the Nigerian population.
AOptix (www.aoptix.com) is transforming wireless communications with high-capacity Laser-Radio technology that delivers an unprecedented combination of bandwidth, availability and distance. Building on technology originally developed for deep space research and then field-validated in advanced military defense applications, AOptix created a completely new and disruptive technology to wirelessly deliver multi-gigabit capacity. Today, AOptix unlocks new market opportunities for service providers, enterprises, and government organizations, enabling connectivity for previously unserved or underserved locations, and addressing diverse applications such as mobile backhaul, fiber diversity, fiber extension, disaster recovery, and enterprise last-mile solutions. Founded in 2000, AOptix is a privately held company based in Campbell, CA.
WaveTek Nigeria Limited is an innovative global ICT company that provides ICT solutions that enable our customers to have seamless integration with cutting-edge infrastructure and devices for all societal areas. WaveTek pioneered EBand 70/80 GHz solutions in Nigeria and leads Nigeria and West Africa in ensuring that connectivity to Submarine Cables can be achieved despite lack of fiber or providing redundancy to assist faster rollout of fiber. WaveTek realizes that the promise of the Internet and the many solutions living more and more in the Cloud can be achieved via innovative use of spectrum.
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Whit Moses, +1 415-432-2400