Photos: WiMax in action

Photos: WiMax in action

Summary: Mobile broadband is on the move. ZDNet UK paid a visit to a trial network where one of the prime contenders is being tested

TOPICS: Networking

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  • On a hill just to the west of Stratford-upon-Avon, wireless network vendor Airspan is working with broadband provider Pipex to test Airspan's AS.MAX WiMax system on a farm and the surrounding areas.

    ZDNet UK went along to see the technology —  which is being pitched as a major competitor to next-generation 3G networks such as HSDPA — in action.

  • Airspan is conducting its tests on 3.5GHz, although it has licences to use spectrum between 3.5-3.7GHz.

    Product marketing manager Stephen Lightley explained that the company also had a 4.9GHz licence and could use 5.8GHz if telecommunications regulator Ofcom was informed first.

    "When we have 5.8 systems available we’ll bring them up here," said Lightley.

    The site has already been used to test equipment for the Urban WiMax system in Westminster, and Yozan’s WiMax deployment in Tokyo.

Topic: Networking

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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  • Given that glass doesn't impede electromagnetic radiation at 3.5Ghz, why would the people rolling this out be surprised that two sheets of glass, er, don't impede electromagnetic radiation at 3.5Ghz?