Northern Uganda has a New Wireless ISP Zoom; Faster & Cheaper Than Competitors
Zoom has designed and deployed a carrier-grade fiber-back last mile Wi-Fi network that has integrated the latest cloud-based management software, all thanks to Volo. This has enabled Zoom Wireless to deploy it at the cost of ten times less the capital and operating cost compared to the conventional deployment of LTE networks.
“Volo’s experts got up and running from Greenfield to market in under 12 weeks. That would have been impossible without them,” said Joseph Walusimbi, the General Manager of Zoom Wireless and SINFA Uganda LTD. “Now we have the systems to manage the network and the skills to deploy and expand it. We’ve already exceeded our goals for time to market and customer response to our first of a kind affordable fixed wireless service has been rapid.”
Volo’s input in the software integration and the network design has helped Zoom Wireless offer internet access to corporate customers at speeds ranging 1-9 Mbps. While small businesses/residential users the options of choosing between 512 kbps, 1 Mbps or 3 Mbps at about half the price charged by its competitors and without any usage caps. Users also have the option for custom-managed Wi-Fi services.
Even though Zoom’s internet speed is still far from being comparable to those of ISPs in developed economies, still such internet speed does not fall short of being described as miraculous and transformative. The Zoom Wireless internet service has made it possible for organization like SINFA Uganda LTD employ staff to work online; the company’s Microwork division employees do digital business process outsourcing that is done entirely online and relies on downloading and uploading of data.
Mark Summer, CEO and Co-Founder of Vola, said, “With these speeds, the future of the cloud is here. Businesses and consumers can confidently access cloud-based productivity tools that fuel economic growth that include Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, Quickbooks Online and YouTube.”
Volo is now eyeing other ISPs in Africa to enable them make user of its cloud-based ISP automation platform which is available and could connect virtually everyone to the internet.
Volo is a Silicon Valley startup built to help ISPs and telecom companies in emerging markets to better and efficiently design and deploy their fixed wireless broadband services in the shortest time possible and in the most-profitable way.