Augere, the experts in delivering fast, reliable broadband to
emerging markets, is delighted to announce the expansion of its
operations in East Africa.
On 25/11/2011 Augere, operating under the brand name QUBEE, will be
commercially launching its purpose built WiMAX wireless broadband
network in Kigali, Rwanda.
QUBEE will offer fast and reliable broadband Internet access to the
people of Rwanda, and will further support the economic development of
the area, creating significant new opportunities.
In addition, Augere is pleased to announce that on 01/06/2011 it
obtained a spectrum license to offer wireless broadband services in
Tanzania. This new license further expands Augere's coverage in the
region and adds to Uganda (where a successful test network is already in
place) and Rwanda.
Commenting on these two announcements, David Venn, Global CEO of Augere
said. "This is an exciting time for Augere. We are at the forefront of
the broadband revolution in emerging markets, and the launch in Rwanda
and the new license in Tanzania greatly increase the opportunities for
people in the region and for the Augere business".
Manzurul Alam, CEO of Augere East Africa also commented, "We are
delighted to be bringing this new broadband service to Rwanda, and for
the opportunity to begin preparations for our launch in Tanzania. I
would like to thank the regulators in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania for
the opportunity to bring fast and reliable broadband to the region."
Augere was established in September 2007 by an experienced team of
global telecoms executives with the vision of delivering 'broadband for
all'. It is committed to achieving this through the delivery of fast,
reliable broadband internet services in emerging markets using wireless
Augere has an established leadership team in place with over 150 years
experience in the telecommunications industry. Since its formation, the
Company has successfully raised more than $250m of finance. Augere's
principal shareholders include Harbinger Capital, France Telecom, New
Silk Route and Vedanta Opportunity Fund as well as its founder, Sanjiv
Augere currently has access to spectrum in Pakistan, Bangladesh, the
states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in India, Uganda, Rwanda and
Tanzania. Access to additional spectrum is being actively pursued across
Africa and Asia.
Augere's first commercial wireless network was launched under the Qubee
brand in Pakistan in July 2009. This was closely followed by the
Bangladesh network in October 2009. By mid 2011 Augere was operating
wireless networks comprising more than 650 radio base stations and
serving over 100,000 broadband customers.