TDS, NextPhase move in WiMAX

The spotlight was on two smaller WiMAX contenders in the U.S. this week as mobile WiMAX rolled out in Madison, Wis. and NextPhase Wireless announced the FCC approved its application for a nationwide license to provide WiMAX wireless services in the newly released 3.65 GHz band (3650-3700 MHz).

TDS Telecommunications, owned by Telephone and Systems Inc., tapped Alvarion to roll out fixed WiMAX in Madison in the 2.5 GHz band. TDS is providing VoIP and broadband access to some 65,000 people in the Madison area during the initial stages of rollout.

As for NextPhase, President and CEO Robert Ford said the company plans to offer a portfolio of business-grade broadband services. NextPhase is combining the new license with its recently acquired LMDS spectrum in certain markets across the U.S.

For more about TDS and NextPhase:
- check out this article from RCR News
- read this release