on January 18, 2010   |   3 comments

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Rural Utilities Service made another $4.8 billion dollars in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants and loans for broadband expansion and adoption throughout the United States. It is the second round of funding for broadband expansion throughout the U.S.

The first allocation will be approximately $2.6 billion dollars, $2.35 billion of which will be made available for infrastructure projects. The agencies plan to accept applications from February 16, 2010, to March 15, 2010, and will announce all awards by September 30, 2010. The NTIA’s approach involves giving money to projects that connect municipal institutions like hospitals, community colleges and public safety institutions.

The NTIA will also give $150 million dollars to the Public Computer Center projects, expanding access to broadband connection and increasing capacity at public libraries and other public institutions that service the general public. It will also award at least $100 million for broadband education and training in areas where broadband technology is underutilized.

“In response to lessons learned from the first funding round, RUS is making important changes that will make the process easier for applicants and target our resources toward “last-mile‟ broadband connections to homes and businesses,” said Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. “This draws on our long experience in improving rural networks to the most difficult-to-reach areas of our country that need it most. We’ve streamlined the application process, added support for satellite service for rural residents left unserved after other funds are awarded, and provided ourselves more flexibility to target areas of greatest need.”

RUS will feature funds for last mile projects and will also fund middle mile projects involving current RUS program participants. There will be two funding options – grants up to 100 percent in remote rural areas, and 50/50 loan/grant appropriation. There will also be a base 75/2 grant/loan combination allowing for flexibility for RUS to seek a waiver if additional money is needed for areas that are difficult to serve and a priority for those seeking less money. This strategy will promote rural economic development.

A second funding window will open later this year. It will provide grants for satellite service for people that remain unserved after all other Recovery Act broadband funding is awarded. There will also be Technical Assistance grants for developing plans using broadband for regional economic development, and grants to provide broadband … Read the rest

on January 13, 2010  

The Indonesian telecommunication regulator, Badan Regulaasi Telekomuikasi Indonesia recently decided to use the 2.3 GHz and 3.3 GHz frequencies for WiMax. Service in Indonesia is planned to begin in November 2010.

Internux, Berca Hardayaperkasa, First Media, Telkom, Indosat Mega Media, Comtronics Systems Consortium dan Adiwarta Perdania, Jasnita Telekomindo, and Indonesian WiMax Consortium were the winning bidders in the frequency auction to begin offering WiMax services. WiMax is described as IEEE 802.16 Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) standard. The goal of WiMax introduction is to provide fixed wireless internet service to areas that cannot be penetrated by DSL and other wired internet service.

WiMax service in Indonesia will offer more opportunities for the Indonesian people, giving them the option of high speed internet access instead of current mobile internet service such as 3G and EVDO services.

WiMax service consists primarily of two parts, the base station and the WiMax receiver unit. Access to a base station is similar to using a Wi-Fi network, except that WiMax works in miles and not feet, therefore able to cover much larger distances.

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on January 12, 2010  

Klondyke’s Online Services, LLC, a small dial-up internet service provider, is looking to bring WiMax to many of its customers in rural Michigan. 123Net will help Klondyke and their customers by offering WiMax in the near future. 123Net acquired a WiMax network for Detroit in October 2009 and may bring the technology to other parts of Michigan as well.

“If we can offer WiMax, our clients will be able to experience media-rich features on the Internet that dial-up can’t deliver,” said Maria Jordan, CEO of Klondyke. “I think the 4G network opens a lot of doors for those who have not yet explored everything high-speed connections provide. I can’t wait to hear 123Net’s plans…they helped me cut my costs, actually saving my business on more than one occasion, so I know whatever they bring to the table will keep Klondyke’s moving forward.”

Many of Klondyke’s clients reside in rural areas of Macomb and St. Clair counties. Because they have no access to the ultra-high speed access offered by global carriers, Jordan is hopeful that emerging WiMAX 4G technologies will bridge the gap for her dial-up customers. WiMax, often referred to as “last mile connectivity”, may be the ideal solution for customers in areas where DSL does not exist.

Clearwire is another company that is pushing WiMax networks in the U.S. They have currently deployed in 27 markets in the U.S., including Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Honolulu and Seattle. Clearwire is looking to deploy WiMax networks in San Francisco and New York as well in 2010.… Read the rest

on January 11, 2010  

Only three days until a big announcement from Green Packet Berhad. The Malaysian WiMax provider now has a countdown on its landing page and has purchased advertising space on a number of websites who have posted information regarding a big announcement to be broadcasted in the near future.

Green Packet makes WiMax products and contracts them out to different companies throughout Asia. It also offers WiMax service through its subsidiary, P1 networks in Malaysia. Green Packet has recently received funding from two major companies to launch WiMax networks across the globe.… Read the rest

on January 11, 2010   |   1 comment

Altitude Telecom recently sold two regional WiMax licenses to Bollore Telecom in Burgundy and Alsace region of France. This gives Bollore a complete WiMax network across France. The company previously purchased 12 regional bandwidth licenses in 2006 and repurchased eight WiMax licenses in 2008. Bollore just completed this purchase to potentially offer WiMax services throughout France in the 3.5Ghz band using Wimax-enabled CPEs.

The deployment of WiMax took quite some time despite the fact that many operators remain convinced of its utility. This being said, the benefits and usefulness of WiMax cannot be denied. WiMax is able to cover zones where DSL is not an option and makes it possible to bring the signal high flow without the use of wires. It will be very useful in complementing the traditional mobile frequency bands and can be used in emerging countries where there is  little or no infrastructure to support building a land-line based network.… Read the rest

on January 8, 2010   |   1 comment

Clearwire Corp will launch a WiMax network in Malaga, Spain by the end of the month, according to Reuters. The network would cover nearly 600,000 people. It will be the first 4G network in Spain and Clearwire’s first launch outside the U.S. It chose Alvarion as its network infrastructure supplier and ZTE as its supplier for the Spanish city of Seville, where they’re expected to build a network later this year.

So far, there are about 500 WiMax deployments around the world, reaching some 10 million subscribers. Clearwire has launched WiMax networks in major U.S. markets like Las Vegas, Chicago, Philadelphia. It launched networks in Texas, Maui, Honolulu and parts of North Carolina on December 1, 2009. It uses Clear as the service name for the WiMax products and service. They’ve recently sought more funding for expanding WiMax networks across the U.S.

There has also been speculation that Clearwire and T Mobile will form a wholesale partnership to sell WiMax service. Clearwire CEO Bill Morrow hinted in an interview with Reuters that T Mobile is one wholesale re-seller option, along with several other companies. Clearwire currently has 469,000 subscribers.… Read the rest

on January 8, 2010  

Dublin City University is using a WiMax network for a temporary trial period. It’s part of a HEAnet strategy that will develop colleges’ broadband networks in Ireland. The trial has been running since October 20. AirSpeed Telecom is supporting the effort, with 60 users from the college’s staff and students.

The aim of the trial is to see how well WiMax can be integrated into a college’s existing network. Its focus is on security and user-authentication systems. ComReg granted HEAnet a temporary license to run the trial, which received an extension in June. The base station has a range of about 1.2 kilometers and offers most users speeds of 6mbs. DCU and HEAnet are also interested in WiMax as it allows network access to students even if they are off campus.

“Reach is one of the main drivers of this as we can fill in most of the on-campus [wireless broadband] gaps with WiFi,” said James Healy, network manager at DCU. “However many students live in accommodation off campus – and it’s fair to assume many are within 1½ kilometres of the college – they are now able to pick up coverage and work from the college network.”

ComReg is expected to begin auctioning some spectrum this year to commercial operators. AirSpeed Telecom has also been working alongside HEAnet to create high-speed connectivity between the branches of Acadamh, NUIG’s Irish language division.… Read the rest

on January 6, 2010  


Delta Telecom has launched a commercial mobile WiMax network in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku and the Absheron Peninsula. It started with 110 base station installations in those locations.

The commercial WiMax packages with range in cost, from AZN10 to AZN100. The company is now working to deploy WiMax services throughout other parts of the country, including Guba, Ganja and Astara. It will require the installation of another 140 base stations.

Delta plans for their current WiMAX network integration with Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to enable mobile broadband access and services such as Internet-Provided Television, mobile video blogging and online gaming.… Read the rest

on January 4, 2010   |   3 comments


Global Mobile has officially launched a WiMAX network in Hsinchu City. It’s  targeting users in the Hsinchu Science Park and other parts of the city.

Global Mobile is currently offering dongles and integrated access devices to users. The company will also include WiMAX-enabled notebooks soon. It plans to spend an additional TWD3 billion  on WiMAX infrastructure over the next three years to it expands its service. The operator will widen its footprint to cover parts of Taipei City in first-quarter 2010.

Last week, Fitel, along with Motorola,  has announced the building of base stations in Taiwan for deployment.… Read the rest

on January 4, 2010  


The Ministry of Transportation and Communications in Taiwan has decided to stop granting WiMax licenses for at least the next two years. Experts believe this will lead to massive consolidation between the six licensed operators. Vee Telecom, Global Mobile, VMAX Telecom, Far EasTone, First International Telecom and Tatung InfoComm will combine in some way into one or two operators to offer island-wide WiMax services.

Its expected that some operators will sell shares to raise needed capital, estimated at around NT$3 billion ($93 million USD), for WiMax operations. It cost about NT $2 billion to bid for the original licenses.

Although some operators have kicked off their combination plans, they are not eligible to swap shares until they start offering services. The six licensed operators are estimated to begin exchange of shares in the second quarter of 2010 at the earliest as they are required to launch services no later than March.

The Ministry had wanted to grant more licenses in 2010, but after consulting the initial operators, the Ministry decided that more licenses would be more than enough for Taiwan. Senior officials noted that it will re-visit the policy after two years and it didn’t rule out the possibility of continuing the policy.… Read the rest