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Chuan Wei and Alcatel-Lucent to deploy Cambodia's first WiMAX Rev-e network

Following an agreement with Chuan Wei (Cambodia) Co Ltd, Alcatel-Lucent will be providing Cambodia with a nation-wide WiMAX Rev-e (802.16e-2005 standard) wireless broadband network, the first in the country. The service should launch in mid 2009.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing a complete turnkey solution for WiMAX, including integration, design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance services. Chuan Wei, part of the Thai Boon Roong Ltd conglomerate, requires the solution to meet its target of serving one million subscribers, roughly 80% of the country's business and enterprise population, within two years of launch.

"As the first provider to deploy a nation-wide WiMAX Rev-e network in Cambodia, Chuan Wei is helping shape the future of communications in the region. The network will provide significant infrastructural support to Cambodia's economic growth, improving communications for local businesses and multinationals," said Chuan Wei's president, Alan Khov.

In December, Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX R&D efforts shifted their focus to enhanced wireless DSL, which includes data-centric mobility usage on netbooks and mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as well as residential and nomadic PC use. Mike Iandolo, President of Alcatel-Lucent's Wireless networks activities, explains the reasoning behind this move: "Driven to a large degree by demand in high-growth economies like Cambodia, we see the ‘enhanced wireless DSL' market growing strongly over the next five-plus years worldwide with close to 90% of WiMAX Rev-e subscribers by 2013, and we are focused on building on our leadership in this space."

Alcatel-Lucent is the commercial leader in WiMAX Rev-e, with 10 networks in service out of its 35 commercial references worldwide. The vendor has shipped to date more than 10,000 Rev-e base stations, supporting tens of thousands of paying subscribers.

About Chuan Wei

Established in June 2008, Chuan Wei was awarded the sole license to operate the only nationwide WiMAX mobility network in Cambodia. The company is focused on delivering state-of-the-art WiMAX wireless broadband infrastructure for Cambodian society, allowing the Kingdom to realize its potential via improved access to digital communications infrastructure.

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