Microwave Journal

Motorola Powers Mobile WiMAX Network in Fiji

May 1, 2009

Unwired Fiji has selected Motorola Inc. to design and deploy an end-to-end 802.16e-based WiMAX network to upgrade and provide increased capacity to the operator's existing network for expansion of network coverage and capacity. The deployment allows Unwired Fiji to offer advanced broadband services supported by Motorola’s carrier-grade communications equipment and services.

As the country’s first wireless broadband Internet service provider, Unwired Fiji is dedicated to building a nationwide, state-of-the-art telecommunications network, offering full Internet services and bringing the media mobility experiences to home users and businesses. The WiMAX network deployment is expected to be completed in 2009, and the operator plans to launch services progressively this year.

Unwired Fiji will use the new WiMAX network to offer high-speed Internet access services to a broad range of consumers and business users at competitive prices. The new wireless technology will also allow the operator to provide true mobile broadband services in the next phase of development.

“It is a challenge for us to provide reliable and superior telecommunications services cost effectively in Fiji, where the population density is low,” said William Parkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Unwired Fiji. “Motorola’s scalable WiMAX solution provides us with a network upgrade path that should meet our growing demands while achieving outstanding service quality at a lower cost. After the deployment, our most advanced network in the market will allow us to offer cutting-edge services to customers.”

“With our leading end-to-end WiMAX solutions and expertise, we are able to design, supply and deploy a world-class network for Unwired Fiji to enable its future growth,” said Eric Starnes, Vice President of Sales and Operations, Home & Networks Mobility, Motorola Asia. “Our carrier-grade WiMAX solutions are flexible and scalable enough for mobile networks of various size and layout. They are also affordable for operators with smaller operations, allowing them to reserve head room for further business growth.”