Optus Jumps on Wireless BB

Australian carrier Optus Administration Pty. Ltd. has been hit with the wireless broadband bug, trialing kit from the likes of Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR) and IPWireless Inc., cozying up with ArrayComm Inc., and eyeing a potential deal involving Navini Networks Inc.

In December last year, Australia’s second largest cellular carrier announced plans to launch a small trial network based on UMTS-TDD technology from IPWireless and its reseller partner, UTStarcom Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSIE). (See Optus Trials Wireless B'band and UTStarcom, IPWireless Team.) Initial plans involved the deployment of a single base station in the Sydney suburb of Belmore from February 2005, targeting the consumer market.

Earlier this month the carrier stated it will also target business customers with a “base station to be deployed in the Gold Coast, Queensland.” Optus is to deploy kit from Alvarion, through its reseller partner Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE). (See Optus Trials Siemens and Siemens Chooses Alvarion.) The trial will “begin in mid-2005 and is expected to last six months.”

Optus has now stepped up a gear, yesterday announcing a partnership with rival service provider Personal Broadband Australia Pty. Ltd. (PBA). Optus will resell PBA’s offering to its own corporate customer base (see Optus Leans on iBurst).

PBA deploys the iBurst service from ArrayComm Inc., providing coverage in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, and Sydney (see iBurst Launches in Oz). PBA also owns spectrum in Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart, and Perth, aiming to provide eventual coverage to 95 percent of Australia’s business population.

Meanwhile, Optus is also in talks with Unwired Australia Pty. Ltd. regarding a similar partnership. Unwired Australia has confirmed it is in negotiations with Optus, involving “the rollout of wireless broadband across Australia using Unwired’s network and product and Optus infrastructure.” (See Unwired Confirms Optus Talks.)

Unwired currently provides fixed-wireless access services in the Sydney central business district, deploying kit from Navini Networks Inc. (see Navini Talks Up Unwired Success).

Optus was unavailable for comment at press time. Last month the carrier switched on its first 3G service in Australia’s capital city, Canberra, based on W-CDMA technology (see Optus Launches 3G). A full commercial launch is expected later this year, using kit from Finnish vendor Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK).

— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung

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convert 12/5/2012 | 3:14:13 AM
re: Optus Jumps on Wireless BB Is this another small "unsuccessful" trial that IPWIRELESS claims as one of 40 commercial networks that it has around the world?

decibel 12/5/2012 | 3:14:10 AM
re: Optus Jumps on Wireless BB Wonder what Optus has in strategy. Alvarion, IP Wireless, ArrayComm, Navini are different technologies.

Checking back the unstrung article. IP Wireless claims over 40 trials and commercial networks. Convert is misleading saying 40 commercial networks.
techgnochhi 12/5/2012 | 3:14:05 AM
re: Optus Jumps on Wireless BB ...then how about saying 5 commercial networks and 35 trials? The point is someone inflating their claims. A 35 unsuccessful trials 35 commercial networks not make.
lrmobile_ravikumar 12/5/2012 | 3:13:50 AM
re: Optus Jumps on Wireless BB IPWIRELESS claimed in the Unstrung article they have a trial with Brarti but this is not true.

Minus the Bharti trial then they have 39 trial and commercial networks.

I also heard that the trials that they have in Malaysia, Japan, Singapore also went no where.

It would be intesting to know how many "REAL" trial and commercial networks that they have.
amit.siwal 12/5/2012 | 3:13:39 AM
re: Optus Jumps on Wireless BB Hi,

I am working on a report basically comparing various backhaul options.

Can anybody provide me some info on WiMax point to point and Point to multipoint (LoS) solution's specification, Pricing and architecture.

Amit Siwal
boracho 12/5/2012 | 3:13:06 AM
re: Optus Jumps on Wireless BB Amit,

I don't think WiMAX is suppose to serve the backhaul ptp market. WiMAX to-be-certified equipment are more geared toward the pmp residential access market. The WiMAX MAC adds more than 50% overhead which translates to a sizable data loss. Also for OFDM to sustain a high data rate over a long range it will have to make use of expensive higher end RF components. The NLOS benefit that you get from using OFDM cannot be offset by the implementation cost (is it possible?).

I have posted an earlier message asking for feedback on OFDM limitation and haven't had any replies yet. Data from field system implementation will be indispensable to properly estimate the value and potential of using OFDM in next generation networks.
geekwithnoname 12/5/2012 | 3:11:45 AM
re: Optus Jumps on Wireless BB There was a question whether field data backed the use of OFDM for next-gen networks. If reports from various companies are any indication, almost all roads seem to lead to ofdm for nlos wide-area next gen system. Either all these guys experimented and came to that conclusion, or seem to think so based on field results of wi-lan, flarion etc.. atleast field reports of the flarion trial in north carolina indicated a rock n' roll performance.
convert 12/5/2012 | 3:11:44 AM
re: Optus Jumps on Wireless BB Now that Wi-Max is becoming a reality it would be interesting to know who will survive among all the proprietary wireless broadband vendors like
1)Arraycom (iBurst),
2)Flarion (OFDM),
3) Navini
4)IPWIRELESS (weird spectrum equipment vendor who is misleadingly claiming that their technology meeting UMTS TDD standard).
5) Soma

amit.siwal 12/5/2012 | 3:11:44 AM
re: Optus Jumps on Wireless BB Hi all,

Anybody with some info on alvarion's (ex-Interwave) Network in a Box GSM solution......

Any updated spec doc on the solution would be just great.......thanks

lrmobile_justin 12/5/2012 | 3:11:43 AM
re: Optus Jumps on Wireless BB Both ArrayComm and Navini are prepping moves into the WiMax space:



Unstrung Justin
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