UK provider ready for big WiMAX deployment

On-Communications, a British wireless broadband service provider targeting the enterprise, said it has committed to a widespread rollout of fixed WiMAX in the U.K.'s major cities and towns. The company's CEO Ian Roberts says WiMAX is ready for "prime-time deployment," and the company will deploy a substantial number of fixed WiMAX base stations in its existing markets, replacing existing fixed-wireless infrastructure.

On-Communications already offers fixed wireless services using unlicensed spectrum in the 5.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz bands to enterprise users in London and other surrounding cities. The operator won't be bidding on any WiMAX spectrum either, preferring to play in the fixed WiMAX market using unlicensed spectrum. The company claims it can provide the quality of service necessary for enterprise applications such as VoIP and video.

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