Wavion's new category of Wi-Fi base station has led to a contract with Uralsvyazinform, the largest provider of telecoms services in the Urals region of Russia, to deploy broadband wireless access to the towns and cities of the Urals. Wavion will be delivering this project with ARD Satcom, local integrator.
The project, already in deployment, will provide Wi-Fi coverage to both business and residential customers, starting with the city-wide coverage of Ekaterinburg, capital of the Urals: larger cities and smaller towns will follow as part of a long-term programme. Wavion will provide an end-to-end wireless broadband access solution based on Wi-Fi WBS-2400 base stations.
Wavion's WBS-2400 base stations, which it describes as spatially adaptive and beam-forming, provide extended range and higher throughput connectivity to standards-based Wi-Fi clients. Wavion's Wi-Fi solution requires "one third of the units as against other competing Access Points (APs) to cover the same area, with superior indoor penetration and fewer dead spots."
"USI is committed to providing our customers with the telecommunications and information services of the 21st century. Providing high quality broadband access is a key element of this commitment" said Sergey Sozonov, Deputy Technical Director at Uralsvyazinform. "A wireless solution was a natural choice for us due to the pending demand for broadband in large areas that we need to cover and a quick time to market service needs."
* Wavion is privately held and backed by world-class investors including Tel Aviv-based Elron Electronic Industries and BRM Capital. Wavion's headquarters are located in Yoqne'am, Israel and the company has offices in Miami, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Moscow, and New Delhi.
** Uralsvyazinform went public in 1994 when it adopted its name. In 2002 a merger of seven different operators into one took place, with the company now serving seven regions.. The Urals have the potential to deliver 10 million subscribers.
*** ARD is a system integrator focused on delivery and maintenance of transport equipment and equipment for satellite communications and broadcasting. The main objective of the company is to provide integrated solutions for telecommunications equipment.