A Greece-based international telecoms technology company, Intracom Telecom has announced in a widely publicised press release that it has won a $1.2 million contract to build what would be Ghana’s first WiMAX technology for the service provider DiscoveryTel Ghana. But an official of the company in Ghana has denied the technology is WiMAX.
Nana Duffuor, who is the Business Development Manager for DiscoveryTel Ghana told ghanabusinessnews.com emphatically that “it is not WiMAX technology but a 4th generation broadband wireless network.”
He confirmed that a deal has indeed been signed by the two companies but the project is not MiMAX technology.
Meanwhile, in the press release, Intracom has said it has won a $1.2 million contract from DiscoveryTel Ghana (DTG) to deploy a WiMAX network in Ghana’s capital city, Accra. The project will be completed by the end of 2010 and will enable DTG to provide services to the greater Accra area.and other major Ghanaian cities. The contract also includes an extension option to provide equipment for mobile WiMAX coverage to other major cities in the country.
However, responding to the issues by phone from Greece, Mr. Papaikonomou, an official of Intracom Telecom told ghanabusinessnews.com, “We are building a mobile WiMAX network. I believe we are talking about the same thing but because we live in different worlds, we use different terms.” He added “MiMAX is a 4th generation wireless technology.” He argued further that what some people call mobile WiMAX, some others call mobile broadband.
DiscoveryTel is a provider of dedicated Internet services and Virtual Private Networks (VPN).
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi