PureWave Networks was selected by AERO as the operator's wireless infrastructure provider. AERO will initially be deploying the award winning PureWave Quantum 6600 Mobile WiMAX base stations as part of an on-going network upgrade in the city of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, with additional network expansion to follow.
To date AERO has deployed a total of 60 PureWave Quantum base stations, with 90 additional base stations planned for deployment once spring weather permits. Winter conditions in Karaganda are some of the harshest in the world, with January average daily high temperatures only reaching minus 9 degrees Celsius (16 degrees Fahrenheit).
"With such difficult weather conditions, we expect our wireless network equipment to be rugged and robust and PureWave base stations are designed for such conditions," said Stepan Vadyunin, CEO of AB Group, AERO's parent company. "In addition to being tough enough to be deployed outdoors in our challenging climate, PureWave Quantum base stations delivered a powerful upgrade to our network. Our previous WiMAX base stations reached their capacity at about 80 subscribers and provided limited indoor coverage. With PureWave we have been able to support up to 300 subscribers per 3-sector base station, and we still have capacity to spare since we can now deliver service over 10MHz channels. This makes all the difference for making our business case work in a challenging competitive environment."
AERO's wireless network currently covers a total of 1 million pops in a territory of approximately 500 square kilometres. AERO operates in the 2.3GHz band and offers data and VoIP services to a diverse customer base that includes everything from financial institutions -- where AERO provides connectivity to banks and ATMs -- to residential customers. Plans call for the network to continue expanding using PureWave Quantum base stations, with additional coverage areas to be announced at a later date.
"AERO's deployment environment is one of the most challenging in the world," said Don Meiners, PureWave's CEO. "After two previous WiMAX vendors were unable to live up to AERO's demanding performance criteria, we are proud that AERO selected PureWave for its network upgrade and that PureWave Quantum base stations are able to deliver the goods. While other vendors have retreated from the WiMAX market and have abandoned their customers, we...