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Macedonia Goes Nuts on Mesh

Startup Strix Systems Inc. is deploying what it claims is the largest WiFi mesh network in the world, which will eventually blanket the small Balkan state, the Republic of Macedonia [ed. note: known by some as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia].

The plan is to offer broadband coverage to 90 percent of the country's two million or so inhabitants for far less than they pay for wired broadband. "It will destroy the digital divide," claims Strix's new VP of marketing, Nan Chen [ed. note: known by some as the Former Atrica VP of Marketing].

Industry watchers have long talked up the capability of mesh networking to provide cheaper broadband to poorer communities, but, in the main, the major metro-mesh rollouts so far planned are in large cities such as Philadelphia and Taipei -- cities that already have wired broadband infrastructure in place rather than places that have very little copper in the ground.

The rollout is starting with 40 of Strix's six-radio 3630 mesh nodes in the capital city, Skopje, where most of the population lives. The aim is to charge €10 to €15 per month for connectivity (about US$11.75 to $17.50).

The 1,000-plus square-mile deployment is being funded and deployed by Macedonian service provider On.Net. The operator says it has tested multiple single- and dual-radio wireless mesh products over the past seven months, but the Strix multi-radio system was the one that performed well in the mountainous terrain of Macedonia.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

ALANNSKI 12/5/2012 | 4:05:34 AM
re: Macedonia Goes Nuts on Mesh High MTBF? meaning they ahave high failure rate out in the field? if so.....HOW HIGH? just curious.
meshmastery 12/5/2012 | 2:53:15 AM
re: Macedonia Goes Nuts on Mesh Nan please spin this for us!!!

At independence in September 1991, Macedonia was the least developed of the Yugoslav republics, producing a mere 5% of the total federal output of goods and services. The collapse of Yugoslavia ended transfer payments from the center and eliminated advantages from inclusion in a de facto free trade area. An absence of infrastructure, UN sanctions on the down-sized Yugoslavia, one of its largest markets, and a Greek economic embargo over a dispute about the country's constitutional name and flag hindered economic growth until 1996. GDP subsequently rose each year through 2000. However, the leadership's commitment to economic reform, free trade, and regional integration was undermined by the ethnic Albanian insurgency of 2001. The economy shrank 4.5% because of decreased trade, intermittent border closures, increased deficit spending on security needs, and investor uncertainty. Growth barely recovered in 2002 to 0.9%, then rose by a moderate 3.4% in 2003, and is estimated at 1.3% in 2004. Unemployment at one-third of the workforce remains a critical economic problem. Much of the extensive grey market activity falls outside official statistics.

Unemployment rate: 37.7% (3rd quarter, 2004 est.)

Population below poverty line: 30.2% (2003 est.)

Telephones - main lines in use: 560,000 (2002)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 830,000 (2005)

nightstream 12/5/2012 | 2:53:06 AM
re: Macedonia Goes Nuts on Mesh How can Macedonia vs Macadamia (nuts), go Nuts about a product that has a severe MTBF rate? Obvioulsy they did not do their homework and its sad to see this Eastern European Company move foreward with their wireless network when there are many others that have significant less MTBF rates. Just my two cents worth then again maybe I am "nuts"
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