Cisco Does Thai 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