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Motorola, Mada roll-out WiMAX in Jordan

Mada, the Kuwaiti-based broadband wireless provider is expected to launch WiMAX services before the end of 2008, now that it and Motorola have started the roll-out of an end-to-end 802.16e-based WiMAX network. Deployment began in September and Mada will use the end-to-end Motorola WiMAX solution to deliver fixed and nomadic voice and data services to residential and enterprise customers. In addition, Motorola has designed a wholesale model, enabling Mada to offer WiMAX services to other ISPs in Jordan, expanding the potential of the WiMAX network and increasing revenues for Mada.

Motorola will supply equipment from its WiMAX portfolio, including WiMAX access points - the WAP 400 and WAP 800 which feature smart antenna technology for high interference environments. In addition, Mada has selected both indoor and outdoor customer premise equipment and portable plug-in devices - the indoor CPEi 750, outdoor CPEo 400, and the USBw 100 plug-in device - enabling Mada customers to connect to the WiMAX network. 

Motorola will also integrate its WiMAX Access Service Network (ASN) Gateway which provides a critical piece of the end-to-end WiMAX network architecture connecting the WiMAX radio access network to a common IP core for reduced cost and quicker time to market. Motorola Global Services will plan, design and optimise the end-to-end WiMAX solution. 

Charles Hage, the Managing Director of Mada said, "WiMAX is changing the way the telecommunications industry connects people. By untethering the broadband connection, WiMAX enables us to deliver voice and data services wherever our customers want. Motorola's technical expertise, backed by its global WiMAX deployment experience ensures we will be able to offer the Jordanian public compelling new services."

* Mada Communications (formerly Arabtel), a Kuwaiti company established in 1982, is a leading international carrier and broadband wireless provider. Mada has been a licensed wireless provider in Kuwait since 1997, and in 2007 started an ambitious plan for expansion in the region. It has won the WiMAX licence in Jordan in addition to the acquisition of WorldPoint Communications, an international carrier with presence in more than 45 countries. Before year end Mada is planning to announce the acquisition of two more WiMAX licences with a plan to become the largest WiMAX operator in the region by end of 2009.

Mada's Portfolio includes also value-added services for mobile operators after the acquisition of Dizlee in 2007.

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