10 Jun 2013
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Kordia NZ claims Global Telecoms Business Innovation award

Kordia New Zealand is celebrating this week, after claiming a Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award in the UK.

Along with its partner Cambium Networks, the companies took out the Wireless Network Infrastructure Innovation category for delivering broadband internet to isolated Pacific communities.

Presented to Kordia at a black tie dinner in London by the Global Telecoms Business publication, Alan Turner, general manager, Kordia NZ, says the company delivered broadband connectivity in constrained circumstances for communities in remote Papua New Guinea locations.

“Our Kordia Solutions South Island team came up with the concept of creating a stand-alone, containerised wireless transmission system called KorPower," he says.

“KorPower provides off-the-grid power which in turn provides WiMax, WiFi, GSM or other platforms to enable people to access the internet and voice communications.”

KorPower is a joint venture with Cambium Networks, launched in July 2012, with yhe first KorPower system installed in Tabubil, Papua New Guinea using Cambium’s WiMax protocol, Fixed Wireless Broadband equipment to deliver a cost-effective outdoor wireless broadband access network.

“The system has brought the internet to the region, enabling many people to join the digital world for the first time and providing the tools for its young student population to maximise their educational potential,” Turner says.

Telecommunications is an internationally competitive field, notes Drew Gilpin, Kordia General Manager Sales and Marketing.

“The focus on delivering innovative solutions in developed economies is one thing, but solving problems where infrastructure is constrained is quite another," he says.

“This award demonstrates the flexibility and ingenuity that Kordia brings to bear in every situation – with the goal always to deliver cost-effective, highly reliable and fit-for-purpose connectivity solutions.”

Established in 2007, the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards recognise innovative projects in the telecommunications industry globally, involving service providers and their technology suppliers.

“Each year we’ve seen an industry working harder to deliver innovative services to customers worldwide," says Alan Burkitt-Gray, editor of Global Telecoms Business.

"This wave of innovation is making a huge difference to the companies working in the industry and to all of us in business and as consumers.”

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