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BellSouth Maxes in Georgia

BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS) is the latest big-name service provider to jump on the WiMax bandwagon, announcing plans to launch a wireless broadband trial in Athens, Ga., this August (see BellSouth Maxes With Navini).

The carrier is to deploy fixed-wireless kit from Navini Networks Inc., tagged by the vendor as "pre-WiMax" equipment.

“We will install several base stations,” says a BellSouth spokeswoman. “The number of subscribers will depend on where the stations are located, how many customers are interested in the service, and how the trial proceeds.”

The trial is expected to last “at least seven months,” and will expand “to several cities in Florida later in the year.”

BellSouth -- which owns 40 percent of Cingular Wireless LLC -- declined to comment on any long-term plans for WiMax technology. WiMax is based on the 802.16 specification from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE). The initial fixed-wireless version of WiMax is based on 802.16d; initial products are expected late in 2005 or early next year. Mobile WiMax products, based on 802.16e, are likely to hit the market in 2007.

A glut of Tier 1 carriers -- including Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), France Telecom SA (NYSE: FTE), and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: FON) -- has already outlined plans to trial early WiMax services. (See DT Preps WiMax Trials, France Telecom Trials 802.16, and Sprint Firms Up WiMax Plans.)

— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung

materialgirl 12/5/2012 | 3:12:14 AM
re: BellSouth Maxes in Georgia Announced, or leaked, plans to install a threatening technology before the standards are even finalized are telling. BLS must be scared stiff of this stuff. If they are anything like VZ, they will test the technology, then declare it useless like VZ did on their NYC WiFi payphone installations.

It is also like VZ running to Philly to claim a muni network will drain tax coffers needlessly. Since when did VZ care about Philly tax payers?
rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 3:12:13 AM
re: BellSouth Maxes in Georgia It is also like VZ running to Philly to claim a muni network will drain tax coffers needlessly. Since when did VZ care about Philly tax payers?

I could be wrong (and please correct me if I am), but my interpretation is that VZ responded to Kutztown, PA successfully installing their own municipal fiber infrastructure by going to the state legislature and passing laws preventing others from doing the same. There are many small college towns in PA who would have been candidates for municipal fiber networks. Now they are not.
materialgirl 12/5/2012 | 3:12:05 AM
re: BellSouth Maxes in Georgia You are right. As I recall, however, they did not stop there. WiFi or muni fiber, they hate both. So, they suddenly wrap themselves in the "taxpayer protection" flag to scare them off.
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