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Regulation & Rules Hamper Wireless

Posted: 17th Apr, 2003 By: MarkJ
Concerns are growing that a combination of inappropriate national regulation and operators' short-sightedness could hamper wireless coverage.

Auctions of licences to operate broadband wireless services in the 3.4GHz waveband are expected to start soon:

Zvi Slonimsky, chief executive of wireless broadband equipment vendor Alvarion, argued that wireless broadband technology is most suitable the provision of access and backhaul connections in rural areas - rather than towns and cities, where wireless services will compete with DSL and cable links - but he fears that heavy-handed regulation will continue to limit progress.

"People need to understand where the sweet spot is for wireless broadband and that sweet spot is in rural or less populated areas where there is no copper or fibre to compete with," Slonimsky said. His comments followed the recent establishment of the Wimax group, backed by leading vendors including Intel and Nokia, to manufacture low-cost wireless equipment based on the IEEE's 802.16 and 802.16a standards to enable carriers to offer wireless links in metropolitan areas.

Slonimsky said that the behaviour of Europe's regulators had effectively blocked the development of wireless technology over the last few years. "The regulators showed greed and stupidity in giving licences only to new operators, not the incumbents or other strong hands in the marketplace, because they wanted to promote competition," he said.


Expensive licenses and bandwidth restrictions are just two issues of many highlighted in VNUNet's item.

It's certainly true that land-based broadband services (ADSL etc.) are spreading fast and greater wireless regulation could hamper the technology's ability to compete.
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