Egypt's government has announced plans to deploy a trial 3G network that will be used to provide fixed wireless internet access to Egypt's schools. Lucent will work with its partner TeleTech to deliver a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and WiFi trial network. The trial network complements Telecom Egypt's CDMA2000 1X network in the El Max area and provides a solution that meets the challenges associated with deploying a wireline-based broadband network in Egypt.
Lucent Worldwide Services is performing the network integration and installation services for the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network. The trial network will enable wireless data services such as broadband Internet access, e-mail and distance learning at very high speeds to students and educators.
"We are delighted to be working closely with the Ministry and TeleTech to bring high-speed data access to Egypt's school children and look forward to ensuring the network plays a key role in the communications life of Africa's most populous nation," said Talmage Bursh, president Lucent Technologies Middle East and Africa. "This network will make it possible for Egypt's schools to participate in long distance learning programs, conduct online research and collaboration globally, and access the Internet at very high speeds."
Students and teachers will be able to access the network via desktop or laptop computers. While WiFi provides connections within the confines of a building, it is the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network that transports the data to and from the Internet.