Solectek Awarded Contract to Provide for Nationwide WiMAX Network in Sierra Leone

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Solectek and Atlas Communications partner to roll out Solectek's SkyWay-MAX last-mile access solution along with its LM Series microwave backhaul to build a total wireless network.

We chose Solectek because of its solid reputation in the broadband wireless industry. In fact, their products came highly recommended via well respected references. Solectek's large-cell WiMAX architecture allows us to deploy far fewer base stations than other systems we considered

Solectek Corporation , a leading manufacturer of wireless broadband equipment based in San Diego, announced that it received orders from Atlas Communications for 3.5 GHz WiMAX systems to be deployed in Sierra Leone. Atlas Communications will begin its wireless broadband data service based on Solectek's 802.16d WiMAX platform from the capital city of Freetown and will expand to the rest of the country. Atlas will utilize the 3.5 GHz spectrum license recently awarded by the National Communications Commission. In addition, Solectek will provide its licensed microwave PTP products, the LM Series, for wireless backhaul and in effect will become the total wireless solution provider to Atlas Communications. By using wireless technologies from Solectek from last mile access to backbone, Atlas Communications will be able to avoid expensive cabling investments and bypass the use of landlines held by incumbent telephone companies.

"We are extremely excited to participate in wireless service rollouts in emerging African countries like Sierra Leone. We believe our WiMAX platform is the perfect vehicle with its unparalleled long-range capability," said Dr. Eric Lee, CEO for Solectek. "We chose Solectek because of its solid reputation in the broadband wireless industry. In fact, their products came highly recommended via well respected references. Solectek's large-cell WiMAX architecture allows us to deploy far fewer base stations than other systems we considered," said Mr. Antony Nwokeukwu, CEO of Atlas Communications.

After a rapid installation and test cycle, Atlas plans to start the service by May 1st 2009. "The pent up demand for service is real and we would like to go to the market shortly. WiMAX is just about the only solution for us to reduce the cost of upfront investment and rapidly begin the service," says Mr. Nwokeukwu. Atlas Communications plans to have a nationwide presence within eighteen months.

About Solectek Corporation
Founded in 1989, Solectek has long been a leader in the broadband wireless networking industry. Headquartered in San Diego with offices/partners worldwide, Solectek has installations in over 80 countries. Solectek manufactures a full line of broadband wireless connectivity products from last-mile access, video surveillance transport to high capacity backhaul up to 1 Gbps in 2 to 80 GHz frequency bands. For more information, visit http://www.solectek.com.

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About Atlas Communication PCS
Atlas Communications PCS Ltd is a registered Sierra Leone corporation which holds national licenses in the country for ISP, WiMAX and Mobile Broadband solutions. The company has launched a state-of-the-art ISP that will provide the entire Sierra Leone with an advanced internet presence, capable of being accessed by a high quality WiMAX and CDMA national access network. The company plans to deploy these services via a microwave and VSAT backbone to neighboring countries of Sierra Leone.

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