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Telabria Launches 10Mbps WiMAX

Posted: 02nd Sep, 2005 By: MarkJ
Telabria has officially launched its new WiMAX broadband wireless network; nicknamed 'Skylink', which will deliver symmetric speeds of 10Mbps to residential and business customers in the South East:

Skylink is the first network of its kind in the UK to offer combined data and voice over a WiMAX-class network to homes and businesses. The Skylink backbone of high-capacity fiber and licensed band microwave links encompasses over 1,300 square kilometers (850 square miles) making it one of the largest next-generation wireless broadband networks in Europe, and brings a whole new class of broadband services to Kent’s population of 675,000 households and 60,000 businesses.

The initial roll out of Skylink includes the city of Canterbury and borough of Swale, with additional urban, suburban and rural areas planned as part of Telabria’s ongoing Skylink network expansion throughout 2005 and 2006.

“In the UK symmetric broadband services are scarce outside metropolitan areas,” said Jim Baker, Telabria’s CEO and founder.

Copper network based SDSL is range limited, with 2Mbps services restricted to within just 1.6km (0.9 miles) of an exchange. Wi-MAX – the emerging standard for wireless networking – does not suffer from these limitations and Skylink delivers a range of broadband packages from 1.5Mbps to over 10Mbps at distances up to 20km (12.5 miles) from the base station. “Skylink’s ability to reach far beyond copper, combined with highly competitive pricing and the merger of data and voice into one service, sets a new standard for broadband connectivity.”

Skylink subscribers benefit from speeds unavailable over xDSL in most of the UK, and unlike many ADSL subscriptions usage is not subject to monthly limits. Skylink Pro, a 20:1 symmetric service, sets a new standard in symmetric broadband pricing at just £49.99 for a 1.5Mbps service and £79.99 for a 3Mbps service, which is up to 75% cheaper than equivalent SDSL services over copper networks.

Skylink Ultra, Telabria’s premium 10:1 business-class package, offers 5Mbps for £249 and 10Mbps for £369, both backed by a service level agreement and response time commitment. Telabria also offers a residential asymmetric service, Skylink Home, which is available at speeds of 1.5Mbps (£24.99/month) or 3Mbps (£34.99/month), with an upload speed of 512Kbps which is double the 256Kbps UK ADSL limit.

All Skylink packages are available with a telephone service that works over the subscriber’s broadband connection and which does not require a traditional landline to operate. Skylink Voice Home offers residential customers unlimited local and national calls for £9.99 per month, while Skylink Voice Business is available to SOHO and SME customers for £19.99.

Subscribers will connect to the Skylink network via a small outdoor radio, typically mounted at roof height, which connects to the nearest Skylink base station; service is then delivered to a standard Ethernet jack located in the customers premises. Telabria utilizes the 5.8GHz spectrum to deliver ‘last-mile’ WiMAX-class connections, a band which is lightly licensed by the UK regulator Ofcom for fixed broadband wireless operations.

A web site with full details of the new Skylink service is available at http://skylink.telabria.com


£369 inc. VAT per month for the full 10Mbps service may seem expensive, however for a symmetric (same speed both ways) business product it's astonishing.

Typically and as is common with all wireless providers, coverage remains a problem - HERE.
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