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ArrayComm's Oxford Wireless Trials

Posted: 27th Oct, 2004 By: MarkJ
Story UPDATED (check bottom). ArrayComm has chosen Oxford as the host for its trial of iBurst technology, a broadband wireless Internet access service:

PBA’s UK trial involves six base stations in the Malvern area, Belfast, Edinburgh and Oxford. If it is successful, the test could lead to the establishment of PBA in Britain, says Cooney.

Following an increasingly common pattern in broadband wireless, PBA works as both network builder and operator, in partnership with TCI. With the UK’s regulator Ofcom set to allow spectrum trading next year, it should have new opportunities in the country. iBurst has so far been deployed in 2.3GHz bands but can also run in 3.5Ghz.

PBA may have a hard job to penetrate the crowded UK market, which by next year will have extensive coverage from 3G and the broadband wireless network of PCCW, as well as likely WiMAX roll-outs from incumbent BT and various unlicensed services. Rather than trying to establish a new brand, a successful trial might lead to a partnership with an existing operator looking for a good way to use excess spectrum and move into broadband.

Sadly we've been unable to locate any service or pricing details, although it is just a trial. More @ The Register.


We've been informed that The Register's item may not be entirely correct, so here's a semi-correction to better explain:

Jim Cooney (of PBA) is one of the stakeholders in Skyburst Ltd - the as yet non-operational vehicle for exploring the iBurst opportunities in the UK. Our main Pioneer Project is in Belfast and this has been underway for some time. The Oxford unit is only for test/demo and is not available for any wider users. The conditions for T&D use do not permit commercial operation. There are of course no prices or price predictions.

There are no agreed plans for any other test/demo locations at this stage and there will not be any commercial operation in the near future. The inclusion of Malvern and Edinburgh in your report is entirely mistaken.

If you want more info - a Google search on iBurst Belfast will take you to www.groupe-intellex.com and you'll find plenty of information and links in the media resources section.
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