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Mobile WiMax To Enter UK For Mid-2007

Posted: 12th Oct, 2006 By: MarkJ
Reports state that an unnamed UK ISP will begin trials of Mobile WiMAX technology alongside its existing broadband wireless infrastructure sometime next year:

According to Stephane LeDreau, Nortel's wireless business leader for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the telecommunications equipment manufacturer has an agreement with an unnamed UK provider to use its new MIMO-powered mobile WiMax — also known as IEEE 802.16e — system.

"We have today an agreement with a company to provide them with a WiMax trial system at the beginning of next year," LeDreau told ZDNet UK on Thursday, explaining that this company had a "fixed 3.5GHz licence but will use a 802.16e solution to fulfil this deployment".

The 3.5GHz band is owned by Pipex, although at the time of writing the Internet service provider (ISP) had not confirmed whether it is the company in question. Pipex has already worked with vendor Airspan in trialling a fixed WiMax (802.16d) system that should be software-upgradeable to the mobile flavour of WiMax.

No doubt if it is Pipex then we'll learn about it fairly soon.
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