Ceragon Networks Ltd., a wireless backhaul provider, on Tuesday announced that it has received orders of approximately $4 million to supply microwave backhaul solutions and turnkey services including installation, project management and commissioning to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA). The NTUA selected Ceragon's FibeAir IP-10G to power the Navajo Nation's wireless backhaul network. The systems are part of an over 530 mile network which is made up of microwave towers and fiber optics.
NTUA's project is a result of a federal grant award from the U.S. National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration to NTUA in 2010 to establish broadband connectivity within the Navajo Nation. The contract to Ceragon (Paramus, N.J., USA) is partially funded by the federal grant and is meant to ensure that broadband Internet access and adoption is expanded to all areas across America, bridging the "digital divide."
The increased connectivity is expected to spur job creation and improvements to education, healthcare and public safety resources, says Ceragon . In a May 4, 2012 report by Recon Analytics, wireless communications is portrayed as "the essential engine of U.S. economic growth...by value, jobs, or productivity."
"With the installation of the network, more than 15,000 miles of the 27,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation will be served," says Lester Lee, Telecommunications Manager for NTUA.
"Broadband access is a fundamental foundation for participating in the modern economy," says Ira Palti, Ceragon's President and CEO. "In today's economic climate, utilities such as the NTUA depend upon fast network set-up and fast time-to-market in order to deliver cost-effective wireless services to users in rural North America who have limited or even no broadband access."