DT Preps WiMax Trials

German incumbent Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) plans to launch trial WiMax networks later this year, with equipment supplier Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR) rumored to be the vendor of choice.

The carrier’s fixed-broadband network subsidiary -- T-Com -- will deploy fixed-wireless 802.16d equipment as part of a €250 million (US$334 million) investment in its national broadband network.

Speaking at the annual CeBIT exhibition in Hanover, Germany, this week, Walter Raizner, head of T-Com and a member of the Deutsche Telekom board of management, outlined the company’s plans. “We will deploy new radio technologies in order to improve the availability of broadband lines. We have already tested WiMax technology thoroughly in our labs, and plan to run the first pilots in Siegburg and Rheinbach from midyear.”

Industry scuttlebutt touts Alvarion as the equipment supplier. Such a deal seems likely in light of the vendor’s previous European carrier deployments in the 802.16 market (see BT Maxes on Wireless, Alvarion Breezes at Iberbanda, and Alvarion Networks in France). Alvarion declined to comment.

T-Com was unable to respond to requests for further comment by press time.

— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung

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