Edgewater Wireless Systems Inc., a major player in next generation Wi-Fi technology, has recently started to ship next generation WiFi (News - Alert)3 equipment to World Affinity Telecom, an established telecommunications solutions specialist .
This is the first shipment from the contract inked back in July of 2012 that was recently increased to $6.7 million.
The next-generation technology will be used by World Affinity Telecom as the foundation for a national Wi-Fi network in Sierra Leone that will bring data communications to the country and its people. This will be Africa’s first ever national Wi-Fi network.
According to company officials, WiFi3 technology is designed for the needs of modern mobile data usage and mitigates interference issues while dramatically improving network performance common in dirty, high density and complex RF environments delivering exponential performance, unsurpassed security and extreme flexibility to carrier-class Wi-Fi applications.
The first shipment of equipment will be deployed in schools to deliver a Wi-Fi-enabled education portal. The next phase of the broad network will then be extended to hospitals.
Thanks to WiFi3 technology, World Affinity Telecom will now be able to operate a fast, stable and secure Wi-Fi network that begins in Freetown and extends to the rest of Sierra Leone.
“The People of Sierra Leone have expressed overwhelming enthusiasm for the national deployment of low cost, high speed Wifi internet access and that has been our driving force. The kind support of President Ernest Bai Koroma has also been inspiring,” said Anthony Melhem, president of World Affinity Telecom, in a statement.
Melhem said that Freetown is ready since the country is currently booming. Thus, this is the right time to invest.
“We are tremendously pleased to be providing the wireless equipment and engineering know-how to form the communications infrastructure for World Affinity Telecom,” added Andrew Skafel, president of Edgewater Wireless.