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S. African company to spearhead network provision in South Sudan


March 12, 2013 (JUBA) - Airspan Networks Inc., a South African-based provider of 4G broadband wireless access networks, has announced that RCS-Communication Ltd, a seasoned service provider in South Sudan, has selected its solution for a 4G WiMAX network deployment.

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RCS-Communication Ltd. has selected a solution by Airspan Networks for a 4G WiMAX network deployment in South Sudan (itnewsafrica)

According to the company, Air4G is a dual platform 4G base station enabling operators to run either long-term evolution (LTE), WiMAX or both concurrently.

“The Airspan network shows excellent results in terms of coverage and enables us to serve our clients in areas where we were previously unable to reach them on our terrestrial network”, Philip Gerber, RCS-Communication’s country manager for South Sudan told IT News Africa.

The first phase of the network implementation has reportedly started in the South Sudanese capital, Juba,

According to RCS-Communication’s managing director for South Sudan, Flippie Odenda, the company made the investment to upgrade its current WiMAX network to the latest generation technology in preparation for further network improvements and specific service offerings planned.

“Airspan was selected as our vendor because we believe their solution offers us the best scalability and widest choice of future options,” Odendal said in the statement.

Meanwhile, in addition to the macro base stations and other related products and services, Airspan is reportedly supplying RCS with a “comprehensive network management system” called Netspan,” which will also manage any LTE network when deployed if and when activated.

Earlier this year, an official said South Sudan plans to lay a fibre-optic network that will link Juba with submarine cables in East Africa, in order to cut the high cost of using the Internet.

“We are targeting this year, within this year, that we will be connected to the submarine cable,” Juma Stephen, the under-secretary in the country’s telecommunications and postal service ministry told Reuters.

“Construction of fibre-optic cables will more than halve internet prices and make it twice as fast”, he said, adding that government wants to cut that cost by reducing reliance on satellite bandwidth.

Almost two years since the country gained independence, internet access remains a patchy in the young nation, despite several entities, mainly mobile telecommunications companies, providing such services.


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  • 13 March 2013 07:56, by zulu

    Finally, kick out Gemtel, Viva Cell and especially Zain which is North SUdanese spying by eavesdroping on phone conversations of the SPLA. Now we will see whether more information will go out

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  • 13 March 2013 08:01, by Gabriel Ajak

    I wonder, how many network do South Sudanese need,is there any development of the country that can be made with network only.
    There are a lot of investment from different companies we have now about five (5)network these are enough.

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    • 13 March 2013 08:34, by Ming Dhal

      The big problem is that, all the networks are brought for the benefit of shareholders only but pay less attention to the security. Look what is viva cell is doing! thet don’t pay tax while it’s not security yet gov’t allow to work just b/c who brought own it.

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    • 13 March 2013 08:35, by James Maker Akok

      South Sudan Network is very too high cost for calling to talk which mean five US dollars is zero minute while in Kenya and in Uganda is two US Dollars for twenty five minutes for calling to talk, which mean South Sudan need more Networks to be in South Sudan to lowing cost.
      I call Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda but not South Sudan because of high cost Network in South Sudan.

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    • 13 March 2013 09:39, by EES Kingmaker

      South Sudan network is extremely weak. It can’t connect us to global buisness. You are aware of an "e-business". You can never do it without proper and cheap internet connection services. You won’t compete or sustain your business: retails or wholesales as communication cost is ever sky-rocketing. If Airspan network can help improve our network, why do we throw that opportunity walking to us?

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  • 13 March 2013 09:02, by siddaw

    It’s clearly stipulated that when a child is born from the family whose professionalism is none other than stealing, then that offspring must as well acquire such malpractical traits. I’ve no spasm of relief that the S. Sudan’s Internet services providers will 1 day refrain from robbing others by increasing the telecomunicational prices. Ther4 this S. African company will join them in stealing.

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  • 13 March 2013 09:05, by Lomiji

    @Zulu,Ajak,Dhal & Akok,you guys got it all wrong ! Airspane offers broadband wireless base stations and equipment based on advanced radio technology that provides high-speed services in data, voice, and multimedia. But not minor services likes those offered by Gemtel,Vivacell,Zain & MTN. So please understand the passage first and the insight before commenting ! Thanks for you trial !

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    • 13 March 2013 10:09, by Kenyang

      Thank u brother. Listening and saying nothing sometime is best way to go. Giving credits where it’s deserved is shorest way to move forwards. We, S. Sudanese need to quickly learn to credit not ourselves but others who often do more good, service...

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    • 13 March 2013 14:11, by EES Kingmaker

      You are spot on. Gentel, Vivacel, MTN and Zain services are minor and limited to a large extent. As the newest ambitious nation, we need to get globally-connected to a wide range of services, including the advanced latest technologies. This is how a nation’s contributions and fame go down to global records.

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  • 13 March 2013 09:14, by New Government

    Airspan network is welcome, vivacell and other networks in S. Sudan don;t care about their costumers and no promotion, they high rate of calling aboard as well as within S. Sudan.

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  • 13 March 2013 13:59, by Deng Amos Achol Madol

    Welcome South Africa communication network.

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  • 14 March 2013 02:59, by Axios

    South Sudan currently lacks intellectual Capital, so other nations establishing companies here aren’t completely a bad thing. Such nations will bring jobs and provide a learning experience for the available workforce which will be Southerners.. unless they import South Africans.

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