Edgewater Wireless will be spreading its next-generation WiFi technology throughout several Western and Central African countries.

The Ottawa-based tech firm has secured a $4.9 million deal to deploy wireless Internet services along with Africa's World Affinity Telecom starting in Sierra Leone in the fall of 2012.

Edgewater Wireless said its WiFi3 technology will be used to deliver broadband services and applications over WiFi and WLAN initially throughout Freetown, and extending the network across the country by the fall of 2013 including services for government buildings, schools and hospitals.

World Affinity Telecom, a telecommunications solutions specialist, will help design the network and provide product requirements for the Freetown deployment. The firm has also secured licenses to deliver national WLAN coverage in other Western African countries, including Guinea.

"This agreement with World Affinity represents a huge market opportunity for Edgewater Wireless to deliver broadband wireless services to Western and Central Africa," said Andrew Skafel, President of Edgewater Wireless.

Skafel adds: "We expect Africa to be one of the fastest-growing markets globally for WiFi over the next 5 to 10 years. The inherent advantages of Edgewater Wireless' WiFi3 technology are a perfect fit for the large and rapidly emerging data access markets in Africa."

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