Providing Free WiFi in First of Eight South Africa Connect District Municipalities
HONG KONG, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Altai Technologies, a leading provider of carrier-grade WiFi products and technologies, today announced that Galela Telecommunication Holdings (Pty) Lty (“Galela”), a trailblazer in deploying broadband networks and offering internet connection services in under-serviced areas in South Africa. Galela has chosen the Altai Super WiFi solution to connect the city of Tlokwe within the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality in South Africa.
Launched in February, the WiFi service is provided for free to all local residents.The WiFi network covers the under-serviced areas such as townships and settlements. Chairman of Galela Mr. Thami Mtshali said, “When evaluating WiFi solutions, we understand that access points with long range technologies are important for a citywide WiFi network. Utilizing patented smart antenna technologies, Altai Super WiFi is able to provide not only larger coverage but also better performance, ensuring a superior quality of service to South Africa’s diverse populations. Fewer Altai Super WiFi base stations and access points are required per kilometer, thus significantly reducing the total deployment cost and time.”
Owing to the huge coverage area and high user capacity, Altai A8-Ein and A2-Ei are deployed on the rooftops of various buildings to provide WiFi access while C1n’s are used as CPE’s to extend the WiFi coverage. In some areas such as internet cafes, schools and clinics, A2’s and C1n’s are used to provide small area wireless networks.
“We are pleased to partner with Galela on the South Africa Connect program. At Altai, we believe broadband connectivity is more than just internet access, it truly makes a difference from an economic to education standpoint,” said Dr. Raymond Leung, CEO of Altai Technologies. “With a free WiFi service, the Tlokwe residents are connecting with others in the community and the outside world as well. Together with Galela, we look forward to continually enabling people to connect in more and more locations.”
Since the base stations and access points are installed in many different locations the network operator has chosen AltaiCare, a cloud-based network management solution to configure & manage the WiFi network and access points. This allows the service provider to efficiently manage and operate the network.
The rollout of the free WiFi in Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality is part of the South Africa Connect program to provide fast, reliable and secure internet to all citizens. Phase two will cover all the provinces in the north-western part of South Africa and is targeted to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.
The Altai Super WiFi Solution is proven in many different applications, helping service providers with an increasing number of mobile users and associated interference problems to solve the capacity and coverage challenges in a cost-effective way.
Galela Telecommunication Holdings (Pty) Ltd is one of South Africa’s leading telecoms companies. Galela’s Team has over 20 years combined experience in wireless telecommunications. The company provides progressive ICT solutions and services to populations and businesses in South Africa’s most developed urban areas as well as in its underserved rural areas.
For more information please visit http://www.galela.com
About Altai Technologies
Altai Technologies is a leading provider of carrier-grade WiFi products and technologies with deployments in 100 countries. It is also the leading solution for the vertical industrial markets, covering over 180 terminal ports and airports globally. The Altai Super WiFi Solution includes a complete portfolio of indoor and outdoor products for carriers, WISPs, and enterprises to support a wide range of applications such as mobile data offload, public access, WLAN access, and backhaul.
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