Proxim recently announced the completion of a broadband wireless network linking all 11 campuses of the Autonomous University of Chiapas, in Mexico.
The ICT ministry pushed back the deadline for operators planning to bid on the 2.5GHz spectrum auction in Colombia. Those operators planning on bidding for the spectrum space now have until May 7.
Several domestic and international companies are interested in the 60Mhz of space in the 2.5-2.69GHz frequency range. Previously, the ministry’s timeline awarded licenses on June 9. It’s unclear if this date will get pushed back. Operators will use the bandwidth for 4G technologies like WiMAX and LTE.
Operators are bidding on the precious spectrum space that provides them with the opportunity to deploy super fast wireless internet to remote parts of Colombia. It will be a great opportunity for schools, emergency services and other municipalities to develop through internet access.
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Just six months ago, Motorola reached one million in WiMAX CPE and dongle shipments and they are making waves once again, today announcing that it has surpassed two million shipments since then. The announcement was made at the start of CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas today.
“These are impressive numbers by any measure, particularly since we’ve exceeded the pace of WiMAX device shipments we acheived last year when Motorola doubled its WiMAX device shipments in just six months,” Senior Vice President of Motorola, Bruce Brda said.
Motorola has also reported a new contract with AXTEL, who they have been working with since 2008, for CPEs to be used to bring 4G service to parts of Mexico. AXTEL is a Mexican telcom company providing products and services to over 30 cities in Mexico.
Alvarion connected 90 digital cities in Brazil. The solution will be used to enhance municipal services and the key city in the plan is Feira De Santana. The WiMAX network connects 300,000 residents in the city.
Some applications for the WiMAX network being used in Feira De Santana include free Internet access for the public, e-healthcare for hospitals, online government services, video surveillance for the police, and intelligent traffic and transportation control.
“Through Alvarion’s robust and high quality of service (QoS) solutions, we are able to provide a variety of broadband services to our residents,” said the Doctor and University professor Tarcízio Suzart Pimenta Júnior, mayor of Feira De Santana City in Bahia State, Brazil. “Innovative services such as the ability for parents to monitor their children at schools through web, free Internet and the online clinical story available for all the citizens, are very valuable for our city. The level of connectivity in the city will change the way people interact and will improve the access to broadband services.”
It’s a small scale of how much impact a WiMAX network can have on a town. It also shows all the applications that the network can be used for, including free Internet access that provides learning to the Brazilian citizens. Brazil is quickly becoming an important market for 4G deployment. RDL is using Proxim’s equipment to deploy a network in Brazil.
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RDL Comunicacoes is using Proxim Wireless’ unlicensed WiMAX and backhaul technology to provide a WiMAX network in Brazil. It will use Proxim’s Tsunami Quickbridge and Tsunami QB-8150 radios for backhaul along with Tsunami MP.11 unlicensed WiMAX radios to provide WiMAX in Barueri, Caieiras, Carapicuiba, Cotia, Franco da Rocha, Jandira, Itapevi, Osasco, Santana do Parnaiba and Sao Paulo.
“When evaluating solutions, we knew that rolling out service to these distributed cities via fiber or copper would be completely cost prohibitive,” said Ronaldo da Silva Nunes, Director at RDL Comunicacoes, Ltd. “Not only does Proxim provide better price and similar to or better performance than wired networks , but Proxim also performed better than the other wireless vendors we tested. And with Proxim, we get a one stop shop for all our wireless needs — from wireless backhaul to wireless access.”
The cost of deploying a wired connection would have cost $6,500 per kilometer. Proxim products operate at distances that would cost up to $260,000 to connect via fiber. RDL expects to make all its money back in less than 12 months.
“At Proxim, all we do is wireless. We have a complete wireless broadband ecosystem, which gives us the ability to deploy broadband networks that perform similar to or better than wired networks, but for a fraction of the cost,” said Mauricio Meirelles, Regional Technical Sales Manager in Brazil for Proxim Wireless. “As a result, we have a great deal of experience displacing wired technologies and accelerating ROI for our customers’ broadband networks.”
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The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Peru has granted WiMax operator Yota bandwidth spectrum use in the Latin American country. The Russian operator will use the 2668MHz-2692MHz band for WiMax services in the provinces of Lima, Callao and Trujillo. The 2668MHz-2690MHz bandwidth will be used for the rest of the country.
Yota was the single pre-qualified company to bid on spectrum and the official $3.9 million contract will be signed on January 20. The contract stipulates that Yota will deploy 9,000 internet connections during the first year of operations and 60,0000 by the fifth year of the contract. The company estimates the total investment during the initial five years of the contract will reach 100 million USD.
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The state of Bolivar in Venezuela has deployed Proxim Wireless’ point-to-point wireless technology. It’s part of an integrated public safety network throughout Bolivar City. The network connects state and local police, the National Guard, state transportation and public safety agencies. It uses the Tsunami QuickBridge from Proxim to create a wireless video surveillance network.
The Bolivar network includes closed circuit television, digital telephone via Voice over IP. It’s a smart grid that includes fleet management using GPS tracking, video conferencing, emergency call management and fire detection. It’s a complete smart grid that enables connected organizations to watch streaming live video throughout Bolivar City. It gives them the ability to monitors incoming emergency calls and automatically deploys emergency vehicles and services
“When it comes to video surveillance networks, the performance demanded of the wireless network is considerably higher than in most network scenarios. In most networks, you have periods of usage where traffic demands spike — but in video surveillance networks, there is a constant demand to ensure the quality transmission of the video streams,” said Christian Cooper, Project Coordinator for CorpData, the integrator that deployed the Emergency Bolivar 1-7-1 network. “We have had a great deal of experience with Proxim, and no other wireless vendor can provide the high-performance, QoS and VLAN capabilities that Proxim delivers.”
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Cooperativa de Telecomunicaciones Sucre has selected Airspan Networks for a multi-phase Bolivian WiMAX deployment. The first section of the deployment will take place in the city of Sucre in the first part of 2010. Sucre residents will be able to access wireless broadband internet .
Operating in the 3.6GHz frequency band, COTES will incorporate a variety of customer premises equipment to meet connectivity requirements, including desktop self-install units as well as outdoor units for increased range.… Read the rest
MVS Comunicaciones, a Mexican company, has reached a preliminary agreement with Clearwire to invest $700 million in WiMax technology in Mexico. The deployment will cover 23 Mexican cities.
Deployment of the wireless broadband network with the new technology will take place by the second half of 2010, which is subject to its licenses being renewed.
Clearwire, which owns part of MVS Comunicaciones, plans on covering up to 120 million people in the U.S. by the end of 2010. It currently has WiMax services set up in 24 U.S. cities.
MVS, a publishing, radio, restricted television and wireless broadband services provider, is the majority ownerin Dish Mexico. It is a satellite-TV venture with EchoStar. Dish Mexico has a partnership with Mexican phone and internet provider, Telmex.… Read the rest