For what will be the first LMDS network deployment in Southern Africa, Alcatel has signed a contract with Telecom Namibia, the national telecommunications operator, to deliver its high performance Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) solution and high capacity urban microwave radio systems.

The move will allow end users to access high speed broadband services as the comprehensive LMDS solution offers service providers a fully controlled, multi-service broadband wireless network that can be deployed incrementally as demand increases.

The network will enable Telecom Namibia to deliver a variety of new revenue generating services because by minimizing up-front investment, LMDS allows service providers to quickly capture new markets and begin generating revenue, therefore benefiting from a rapid return on investment.

Also, Alcatel 9600 USY high capacity microwave radio systems, based on SDH technology, will be supplied to link the LMDS base stations to the point of presence of the Telecom Namibia nationwide fibre-optic network. Suitable for deployment in urban as well as in rural areas these microwave systems cover the frequency range 6 to 38 GHz. The systems are claimed to enable the best possible utilization of the frequency spectrum through 128 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM). The solution offered also includes a powerful end-to-end network management system providing efficient control and routing throughout the network.