Wi-Fi networks enable high-data services in rural Colombia

Two rural Colombian networks will soon offer data, video and voice services via carrier-grade Wi-Fi. The solution, provided by Alvarion, will allow the firm’s Colombian partner Dukcom LTDA to extend their coverage into remote areas of the country.

In the Atlantico province, the firms deployed a Wi-Fi network in 19 small cities, collaborating with the regional telephone provider. The network provides coverage to 60% of the residents of each of these cities at lower cost and up to 50% better speed than previously available through cellular modems, with the potential to expand the network up to 100% coverage.

The regional ISP of the Antioquia province has pledged to provide connectivity to rural areas. Dukcom has aided it in this task by connecting the main plaza in 115 different small cities across the province to deliver free Wi-Fi to residents.

“Connectivity is key to enabling rural communities cross the digital divide, helping them gain access to resources previously difficult to reach.” said Zeev Farkash, EVP of Sales at Alvarion.

Carlos Duque, General Manager of Dukcom, added that the Alvarion solution had “enabled us to easily provide connectivity to tens of thousands of new users who previously had limited Internet connections.”

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