Thursday September 2, 2010
Green Packet aims to clinch 3 WiMAX deals
By EUGENE MAHALINGAM
PETALING JAYA: Green Packet Bhd aims to secure two to three contracts worth about US$2.5mil (RM8mil) each by the year-end to supply WiMAX modems to operators in the Middle East and American continents.
“We have secured over 30 deals, supplying 130,000 WiMAX modems in the first half of 2010,” senior general manager Kelvin Lee said at a signing ceremony between Green Packet and Augere Holdings.
“We are looking at securing two to three major contracts in excess of US$2.5mil each to supply WiMAX modems to operators in the two (Middle East and American) regions.”
Lee declined to disclose further information on the proposed contracts.
Green Packet yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding worth US$7.2mil (RM23mil) to provide UH Shuttle USB modems to Augere to support the latter’s broadband services operations in South Asia.
Augere is a London-based wireless broadband delivery company.
Augere marketing director Alistair Johnston said the modems would be deployed in Pakistan and Bangladesh, two countries where the company had a presence.
He said Augere chose Green Packet’s shuttle modem because of its high-gain antennas that gave good indoor and outdoor signal-quality performance during testing.
“We look at markets where the (Internet) penetration rate is low and there is high growth potential. Pakistan and Bangladesh have a huge population and provide good growth opportunities for us,” said Johnston.
Augere also has a presence in India, Uganda and Rwanda. Johnston said the company was looking to secure licenses in more countries in East Africa.
He said Augere’s goal was to reach out to developing markets where broadband Internet was “out of reach”.