Thursday, August 04, 2005

Germany, Japan, Poland and Honduras preparing for wireless broadband

What's new? Governments of 4 very different countries are preparing or running auctions for spectrum dedicated to broadband fixed wireless (BFW) applications.

What's the relevance? Governments are stimulating new infrastructures, to introduce competition to DSL and cable modem service, but especially to bring broadband to rural areas. With the advent of IP, voice (VoIP) and video (IPTV, TV-over-DSL) can also be offered. And not just to business customers. See my recent Holiday Considerations.

What spectrum auctions and applications is all this about? Alternative operator Netia will deploy WiMAX in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band in Poland. Japan allocated the 2 GHz band to UMTS TDD, a technology used by IPWireless. Service provider IPMobile is building. Germany considers WiMAX for the 3.5 GHz band. Auction late 2005. Honduras awarded 2 licenses in the 3.5 GHz band to Navega and to an affiliate of Millicom. They will be using WiMAX.

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