DECEMBER 7, 2012 

WaveTek partners Carlson Wireless on broadband coverage in Africa


Nigeria’s quest to take broadband to every home across the country regardless of location has started yielding the expected results as WaveTek Nigeria has signed a partnership agreement with Carlson Wireless Technologies US to develop the adoption of TV White Spaces to meet the growing demand for broadband coverage in Africa. Although the deployment is not limited to Nigerian market, this development is expected to give fillip to Internet usage in the region by delivering high-speed, low-cost broadband access and penetration particularly to “last mile” customers in un-served and under-served areas.

Speaking about the project recently, the CEO of WaveTek Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ken Spann said, ‘’This agreement with Carlson is another firm step to assist Nigeria’s drive to bring Broadband to all areas of Nigeria, adding that, “Introducing Super Wi-Fi at this point in time is very significant for the region because it means that finally, Africans in every corner, be it the big cities, suburbs or hinterlands, can become global players by having unhindered access to the Internet. More importantly, is the issue of affordability as to the costs of access are lower when compared to current ace methods.” 

Also speaking, James Carlson, CEO of Carlson explained, “We are excited to partner with WaveTek Nigeria on this ground-breaking initiative. This relationship symbolizes a great opportunity for Carlson to register and significantly grow its presence in Nigeria, a vibrant and key market, and extend it to other parts of Africa in a short space of time.” 

Greater broadband penetration, he said is expected to contribute significantly to the African economy. As contained in a report presented on behalf of the Minister of Communications, Ms. Mobola Johnson at the United States/Nigeria infrastructure conference in Washington DC last October. The Minister said, “In the second quarter of 2012, the Telecommunication & Postal sector was the primary driver of growth of the Nigerian economy. The sector is the fourth highest contributor to the nation’s GDP (29.77%).” 

Recognizing that the availability of broadband is a vital component of global competition, the presentation also mentioned that connecting Nigerians and bridging the “Digital Divide” is also top FGN Priority.

Super Wi-Fi technology uses the TV channel frequency spectrum that were originally used by analogue TV, but which were freed up in the US by the digital switchover in 2009. These channels, 8MHz blocks in the VHF and UHF ranges (54-790MHz), (otherwise known as TV whitespaces) are capable of carrying up to 20Mbps over a distance of up to 18 miles (30km). Multiple channels can be bonded together to create faster links.

The reason 802.22 white space connectivity is desirable is that unlike the traditional Wi-Fi, low-frequency VHF and UHF signals travel longer distances, cover a wider range with less infrastructure as well as overcome barriers caused by heavy foliage or topographical challenges. 

These low-frequency signals are the reason that single, huge TV transmitters can broadcast a signal to millions of homes and why higher-frequency services, such as cellular radio, require broadcast towers every few miles. Additionally, this technology is the first to use Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, simultaneously overcoming the existing scarcity of spectrum and other pervasive limitations of legacy wireless communication systems.

By Emeka Aginam



Expert Challenges Nigeria on Fibre Cable Deployment

27th September, 2012.

Acknowledging the huge broadband capacities deposited at the shores of the country by MainOne, Glo 1, MTN WACS, and SAT 3, technology expert has said that the best way to deploy the capacities is through microwave radio solution.

Chief Executive Officer of WaveTek, a technology solution provider, Mr. Ken Spann, told THISDAY that the best and cost-effective method to deploy broadband is through microwave radio, a wireless solution for last-mile connectivity, which is an alternative to fibre optic cable laying.

According to him, “the best technology available to Nigeria today that will yield best results is the virtual network solution, which is a microwave radio solution that is built on fibre cables, and it is capable of covering long distances at high speed.”

Spann, who was reacting to the low broadband penetration in the country in spite of the huge broadband capacity at the shores of the country, said: “The issue is not with low broadband capacity, because Nigeria has a lot of capacity from MainOne, Glo1, Sat 3, MTN WACS and others. Capacities that are lying on the shores of the country are goldmine for Nigeria, but they are not being utilised because of the absence of a national backbone infrastructure that will transport the capacities to the hinterlands.”

He explained that MainOne Cable for instance, has over 7000 km of bandwidth from Portugal to Ghana, through Nigeria, and that it came with 2 terabytes capacity. MTN WACS, he added, brought in 5 terabytes and Glo 1 landed with some terabytes of capacities as well, but all these capacities are just there at the shores of the country unutilised, whereas people are in dare need of capacities to do business in the hinterlands.

“All we are saying is that these capacities must find their ways to the hinterland where they are needed, and the best, cost effective and faster ways to move the capacities from the shores to the hinterlands, will be through microwave radio, a wireless connectivity system, which is an alternative to fibre laying across country. Deploying fibre cable is good, but it is expensive and difficult to lay it underground, because of environmental challenges. This is the reason we are saying microwave radio that is built over fibre cables is cheaper and faster to deploy,” Spann said.

Insisting that a virtual fibre network is the wireless solution that will give the desired results in last-mile connectivity, Spann said he could take a set of one gigabyte link of fibre and spread it from point ‘A’ to cover a distance of 10 km in just one day. “That means in one day, I can provide access to people in one single stretch of over 10 km, which the underground fibre cable laying will not achieve in four months, because of environmental factors,” he said, adding that apart from speed of coverage, it is much more economical and cost saving to deploy microwave radio, which is the alternative fibre laying.

Other countries of the world are already deploying microwave solution over fibre, and Nigeria must not be left out, he said, explaining that the country needs something better, faster, cheaper and more reliable for her broadband deployment.

WaveTek vision is to reduce the cost of Information Technology (IT) deployment through cost effective solutions like the microwave radio and our desire is to proliferate broadband in Nigeria that will attract foreign investments, Spann said.
Source From: ThisDay LIVE

WaveTek enters market, says data is very important

23rd September, 2012.

Lagos, Nigeria.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions provider, WaveTek Nigeria Limited, has entered the Nigerian market with a promise to up the game in provision of last miles connectivity.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, WaveTek Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ken Spann, said they have come to fill a yearning gap in last mile connectivity, bandwidth, education, cloud and hosting services as well as application integration and Information Technology (IT) infrastructure services.

“WaveTek was established out of the need to fill a gap in the market” he declared, stressing that Nigeria currently lacks adequate last mile connectivity solution, which is what WaveTek has come to bridge.

Mr. Spann said that they recently conducted a research which revealed that excellence can work in Nigeria just like it can work in any of the advanced countries like Germany.

According to him, data is very important in Nigeria, adding that if there is data, the nation will get more support if there are readily available data for the accessibility of international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

“They will support more projects in Nigeria,” he asserted, saying WaveTek was founded to save money for customers through affordable services.

Mr. Spann accompanied at the unveiling by three top management of WaveTek, including the chief information officer and software architect, Mr. Dapo Onawole, Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Joseph Aborowa, and Assistant General Manager (AGM), Sales, Ms Nehita Fashe, noted that the company banks on its super wireless fidelity.

“I am confident there is room in the marketplace for WaveTek to operate owing to our differentiating strategy which includes international scale, product knowledge, pricing strategy, intelligent insight, market research, knack for success, among others,” he said, maintaining that WaveTek has rich content to bring to education, government at all levels, and the business segments of Nigeria.

Mr. Spann prides himself with a wealth of experience having garnered 11 years experience at the Microsoft Corporation at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, with 3 out of those years spent as the Developer Platform Evangelism Lead, Microsoft Nigeria.
Source From: Digital Sense News