& cplSiteName &

Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service

Light Reading
News Analysis
Light Reading
7/11/2005
50%
50%

DSL provider Covad Communications Inc. (OTC: COVD) isn't waiting for official Wimax products to launch a broadband wireless service offering -- probably in the first quarter of 2006 -- that promises better than copper performance for its high-end customers.

If it sticks to that schedule, Covad will be one of the first established players to launch a fixed WiMax-like service. Sprint Corp. (NYSE: FON) recently said that it plans to launch WiMax services in 2007 (see Sprint Firms Up WiMax Plans). AT&T Corp. (NYSE: T) is plotting a large trial of the technology in the fourth quarter of this year (see AT&T Plots WiMax Trial ).

Covad has been actively testing so-called "pre-WiMax" OFDM products since the fall of 2004. The firm has been running a technical trial using four 5.8GHz base stations in San Jose and Oakland, Calif. Ron Marquardt, director of product development for the alternative access services group at Covad, says that firm has "close to 20 users" on the network right now.

"We're looking at the first quarter of next year" for a commercial launch, says Marquardt. He wouldn't go into details about where the firm plans to roll out services or what equipment vendor -- or vendors -- it plans to use.

But Marquardt does say that Covad won't wait for equipment that has the official seal of approval from the WiMax Forum to start offering its service. The first round of WiMax interoperability tests is due to start this month, and WiMax-branded product is expected on the market late in 2005 or early in 2006 -- right around when Covad actually hopes to launch its offering.

And Marquardt says that Covad is happy to use pre-WiMax kit for its fixed wireless service. "Frankly, the fixed services are not really a big focus of the WiMax Forum," he opines. "That's being driven by companies that are very interested in mobile." (See Mobile WiMax Faces Struggle and WiMax: A Spec Divided.)

Covad says it will use the broadband wireless kit to offer customers a high-speed alternative to DSL. The firm claims it consistently achieves links up to 5 miles from the wireless broadband base station at speeds as high as 5 Mbit/s. In contrast, DSL technologies are unable to make links at that distance, and at 2.5 miles or so from a central office, ADSL will be limited to speeds less than 1 Mbit/s.

"It is offering speeds that you can't do over copper," says Marquardt.

Covad's approach to WiMax-style services most closely mirrors that of startup TowerStream Corp., which has carved out a business for itself supplying business customers in markets like New York and San Francisco with high-speed wireless links (see TowerStream: Unwired in the City).

This model is quite different from the idea of using WiMax to offer broadband services in rural areas that are difficult to wire up. The rural broadband usage model has been touted by vendors like Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) as well as many analysts (see WiMax: Town & Country).

It's probably too early to predict which will be the more profitable business model: High-speed urban wireless delivery or rural broadband deliverance.

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeal!

— Dan "You Sure Are Purty" Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
sgan201
50%
50%
sgan201,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:08:17 AM
re: Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service
Hi,

We are comparing apples with oranges in term of bandwidth. WiMax's bandwidth is shared. DSL is not.. So, DSL provide 1Mbps to each link while the WiMax shared the whole X Mbps to the whole group of users for each radio.

In urban area like USA, you have choices. You could get DSL with exclusive 1Mbps with very low price which WiMax try to compete with shared X Mbps. The DSL may give you better performance..

A more fertile ground for WiMax type of product will be dense urban area in Asia where DSL servcie is not widely available or use WiMax as filled in coverage for DSL.

Dreamer
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
12/5/2012 | 3:08:17 AM
re: Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service
Interference is likely to be the big issue in urban environments. All the initial WiMax rollouts in the US are using unlicensed public bands. Hard to say how big of a problem it will be yet.

Dan
materialgirl
50%
50%
materialgirl,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:08:17 AM
re: Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service
I have always felt that the "Rural WiMax" pigeonholing was bogus. If the economics of WiMax are so superior to DSL that it even works in rural areas does not, why would it not work even BETTER in urban areas? Line of sight issues? Interference?

If these issues do not hamper urban service, then covering even more people with one base station is more profitable, implying that WiMax is indeed economically threatening in urban settings.
OldPOTS
50%
50%
OldPOTS,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:08:16 AM
re: Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service
Is the unlicensed BW for current deployments part of the BW that congress plans to reclaim along with/in addition to that from the digital to analog TV conversion?

Here comes the Telecom Bill reform $$$.

OldPOTS
materialgirl
50%
50%
materialgirl,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:08:15 AM
re: Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service
The FCC will have riots on their hands if they try to reclaim one Hz of spectrum. I have been involved with spectrum allocation. It does not happen quickly or painlessly.

I take it then that LOS is not a WiMax issue in the 5.8GHz range?
From The Founder
Download our complete guide to de-risking NFV deployment in 2016, including:
  • An eight-step strategy to deploying NFV safely, based on input from the companies that have already started virtualizing their production networks.
  • Interviews with leading executives at Colt, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Cisco, Nokia, ZTE, Ericsson and Heavy Reading.
  • Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Prepping for the Future: Upskill U Explained
    During this short kick-off video, Doug Webster, Vice President of Service Provider Marketing, Cisco, and Light Reading’s CEO & Founder Steve Saunders give an overview of Upskill U.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Atrinet's NetACE – Migration to NFV & SDN With NetOps-Driven LSO

    5|4|16   |     |   (0) comments


    At Atrinet's headquarters, Ray Le Maistre sits down with Roy Silon to get an in-depth look into the company's focus and the secret recipe for their success.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Amsterdam ArenA, Powered by Huawei

    5|4|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Huawei's ICT solutions power the state-of-the-art Amsterdam ArenA, turning it into a smart stadium.
    LRTV Interviews
    Testing When There's No 'There' There

    5|4|16   |     |   (0) comments


    The benefits of SDN/NFV are well known, but the transition comes with some challenges, prominent among them is: how do you test a network that has been abstracted and has the potential to be endlessly reconfigurable? Light Reading was at NFV World Congress in Santa Clara, Calif., where we bumped into Mats Nordlund, CEO and co-founder of Netrounds, a Swedish ...
    LRTV Interviews
    Ditching the Slash & the Orchestration Wars

    5|3|16   |     |   (2) comments


    SDN and NFV have been inextricably bound with each other for so long that on a conceptual level, smooshing them together into one catch-all phrase – SDNFV – is now justifiable, according to Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Light Reading spoke to Pitt at the NFV World Congress, where he explained that the next ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    ZTE TV Connect Highlights

    5|3|16   |     |   (0) comments


    ZTE gives us a tour of its booth and new products at TV Connect in London.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Deluxe's Unified Delivery Solution

    5|3|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Join Alan Breznick of Light Reading and visit the Deluxe booth at NAB! Here you'll find Deluxe's Unified Delivery Solution, OTT video, virtual reality, HDR, 4K and much more!
    LRTV Interviews
    Verizon Puts Gray Boxes in the Shade

    5|2|16   |   04:33   |   (1) comment


    When it comes to the white box trend, "gray" boxes, which have a slight proprietary twist, don't give service providers and end users the advantages they're seeking, according to Verizon's Vice President of Product and New Business Innovation Shawn Hakl.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Dealing With a Disrupted Video Market

    5|2|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Ericsson's Simon Frost discusses how traditional pay-TV providers can cope with the big changes wrought by the rise of OTT video and IP technology.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The VNF Responsibility of Red Hat

    5|2|16   |     |   (0) comments


    At MWC, Caroline Chappell of Heavy Reading visits the Red Hat booth and sits down with Chris Wright to talk about the responsibility the VNF needs to take on in order to ensure the operators get the carrier-grade performance they expect for their network.
    LRTV Interviews
    AT&T Expert on the Key Pillars of UC

    4|29|16   |   03:58   |   (0) comments


    Vishy Gopalakrishnan, AVP of product marketing at AT&T, talks about the three developments that are making unified communications and collaboration secure and reliable for enterprise users.
    LRTV Documentaries
    LRTV Report: Mobile Core Innovation

    4|28|16   |   25:32   |   (0) comments


    Hear from multiple industry experts from Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom, Heavy Reading, Huawei, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, NEC and many more about developments in the mobile core as operators virtualize their IMS and evolved packet core systems and prepare for a 5G world.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    NFV World Congress Highlight

    4|26|16   |     |   (0) comments


    The highlight of the NFV World Congress contains exciting telecom news. Join us for an inside look at Huawei's ICT 2020 plan and its latest collaboration with industry leaders.
    Upcoming Live Events
    May 23, 2016, Austin, TX
    May 23, 2016, Austin Convention Center
    May 24-25, 2016, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
    December 6-8, 2016,
    June 16-18, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    A new survey conducted by Heavy Reading and TM Forum shows that CSPs around the world see the move to digital operations as a necessary part of their overall virtualization strategies.
    Hot Topics
    WiCipedia: Woman Cards & Bitch Switches
    Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 4/29/2016
    Amazon AWS Reports $2.6B Quarterly Revenue, Up a Colossal 64%
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 4/28/2016
    Sprint CEO: Our Spectrum Is for 5G
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/3/2016
    Amazon & Other 'Big 4' Cloud Providers Crushing Competitors
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 4/29/2016
    FCC Poised to Re-Regulate Wholesale Access
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/28/2016
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    In this latest installment of the CEO Chat series, Craig Labovitz, co-founder and CEO of Deepfield, sits down with Light Reading's Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York City office to discuss how Deepfield fits in with the big data trend and more.
    Grant van Rooyen, president and CEO of Cologix, sits down with Steve Saunders, founder and CEO of Light Reading, in the vendor's New Jersey facility to offer an inside look at the company's success story and discuss the importance of security in the telecom industry.
    Animals with Phones
    Sloth Mail Click Here
    Sloth mail -- somehow even slower than snail mail.
    Live Digital Audio

    Of all the tech companies in the Valley, Intel has made the most aggressive commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. It's doing so by taking concrete, measurable steps, making a large financial investment and through a commitment to complete transparency about its progress. In this radio show, WiC Director Sarah Thomas will be joined by Shlomit Weiss, Intel's Vice President, Data Center Group, and General Manager of Networking Engineering, who will share with us why Intel is tackling this huge challenge, how and to what effect. She will also discuss her unique experiences leading development of Client SOC development in the past and today leading development of all of the chipmaker's silicon hardware for networking IPs and discrete devices and managing a team of 600 engineers across Israel, Europe and the US.