Nepal, Malawi and Russia keep pushing WiMAX

WiMAX technology continues to extend wireless broadband service to developing markets around the world, with deployments in Nepal, Malawi and Russia garnering recent headlines.

Nepal Telecom opened its WiMAX network to the general public, after previously only offering service to business users, reported the Himalayan Times. Nepal Telecom activated its first commercial WiMAX network in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal last November.

Meanwhile, Malawi Telecommunications (MTL), the country's incumbent fixed line operator, is expanding its 10-month-old WiMAX network. MTL Chief Commercial Officer Elias Imaan told BizTechAfrica that WiMAX is available in the three major cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre and Zomba and has also been expanded to the Lakeshore tourism town of Salima. By the end of this year, the operator expects to have rolled out WiMAX in Mangochi Nchalo, Dwangwa, Kasungu and Karonga. 

WiMAX service is also being expanded in Russia's Samara region, where the city of Syzran became the first market launched by Freshtel in the region. Subscribers are promised data speeds up to 10 Mbps broadband, said Telecom Paper.

For more:
- see this Himalaya Times article
- see this BizTechAfrica article
- see this Telecom Paper article (sub. req.)

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