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Cisco Does Thai WiMax

9:35 AM -- Ahead of the award of national WiMax licenses in Thailand early next year, Thai operator TT&T is deploying a Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) mobile WiMax network for Mae Fah Luang University, which will go live next month. The project marks Cisco's first commercial WiMax deployment in the Asia/Pacific. (See Cisco Buys Navini for $330M, Cisco's WiMax Ambitions, and How Much Will Cisco Change WiMax?)

Even though the network is tiny -- two base stations covering 10 square kilometers and 29,000 users -- it will give Cisco something of a head start with commercial operation of a WiMax network in the country where several operators have recently started trials with equipment from Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), and NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701) (See True Trials WiMax, AIS Trials Moto WiMax, Moto Trials Thai WiMax, and NEC Wins Thai WiMax Deal.)

TT&T was awarded the 2.5 GHz WiMax license as part of a government program to boost Internet coverage in rural areas and to commemorate the king of Thailand's 80th birthday.

A Cisco spokesman tells Unstrung that the vendor is involved in other WiMax trials in the Asia/Pacific, but the details could not be disclosed. The vendor is understood to be one of the suppliers that Tata is considering for a mobile WiMax buildout in India. (See Tata Nears Mobile WiMax Vendor Picks.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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