Operators Aria in Italy and Max Telecom in Bulgaria have announced plans to install WiMAX equipment, according to equipment vendor Greenpacket.
According to the firm, its European sales have grown four-fold over the past 12 months thanks to interest from operators in Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain.
"Our consecutive wins in the region prove that operators have confidence in our products. We see 4G WiMAX playing a significant role especially in Eastern Europe," said Kelvin Lee, general manager at Greenpacket, according to Telecoms.com. "The technology is well-suited as the most cost effective fixed-DSL replacement for rural connectivity; serving areas where wireline broadband is unavailable and 3G wireless broadband is limited and of low-quality."
The growing interest in WiMAX, according to Lee, is set to continue in the developing and underserved regions of the EU. The Greenpacket executive maintains there is strong potential for WiMAX given the digital divide between rural and urban areas, together with the economic differences within the EU.
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