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Recovery Act: A WiMax Windfall

WiMax is so far the technology of choice for the companies seeking broadband stimulus funds to reach underserved areas, Unstrung finds, as the application process gets underway today.

The application period for the first $4 billion in broadband stimulus funds starts today and will end on the evening of Aug. 14.

Doubtless, the list of companies that are applying will expand over the next month, but at the moment smaller WiMax operators are the ones that have gone public with their desire for stimulus money. (See Small Wireless Firms Get Set for Recovery Funds.)

These companies include:



All three companies plan to bring WiMax to areas of the country that are lacking in broadband if they get government stimulus money. In fact, the stimulus money fits nicely with DBC's and ERF's existing business plans. Towerstream would use the additional money to reach out to business users that would otherwise be less likely to get broadband.

This potential additional WiMax spending could prove to be lucrative for infrastructure vendors in an otherwise downbeat market. In particular, Alvarion Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR), will benefit if some of these WiMax projects get funded.

Alvarion is already a supplier of 3.65 GHz fixed and mobile WiMax gear to both Towerstream and DBC. The Israeli manufacturer was the first to introduce 3.65 GHz mobile WiMax gear in the U.S. (See ArcSight Integrates Identity, Security Mgt and Mobile WiMax Goes on the Piste.)

Alvarion is no stranger to rural stimulus deals: The vendor has already won a government loan deal to deploy mobile WiMax with Open Range Communications Inc. (See Alvarion Wins $100M WiMax Deal and Alvarion Lands Largest Gov't-Backed WiMax Deal.)

In addition, Alvarion has also been granted "Buy American" status for a couple of its WiMax base stations. The latest rulings on the broadband stimulus bill, however, have made such exceptions largely irrelevant. (See Buy American? Not if It's Broadband.)

For more on rural and city WiMax network networks in the U.S. check out this report: WiMax: What's Working Now.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

pivotmedia 12/5/2012 | 4:00:45 PM
re: Recovery Act: A WiMax Windfall

Open Range demonstrated the potential. DBC has big plans for stimulus.

omniobso 12/5/2012 | 4:00:41 PM
re: Recovery Act: A WiMax Windfall

Dan, your comments are always helpful.  I dozed through the stimulus reporting requirements.  I don't know what others thought; but I felt they would discourage participation by the littler player

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:00:41 PM
re: Recovery Act: A WiMax Windfall

Small is a question of degree. I think the networking sharing clause is going to discourage the really huge service providers. Seems like relatively well funded smaller operators like DBC are going to be ones to go after the money on the wireless side. Of course we haven't really got into what wired operators might be applying for as well.


 


DJ

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:00:40 PM
re: Recovery Act: A WiMax Windfall

I wonder when we will start to see "stimulus integrators" start to surface -- speciality resellers who combine gear with grant applications.


There's no shortage of "stimulus webinar workshops" being floated these days -- several different ones this week according to my emails. But I think if you follow folks like DBC and their partnership with the NRTC -- the best candidates already have their plans in high gear.


And don't forget DBC's joint venture with Clearwire in South Carolina -- is there more to come in that department? If all these small WiMax providers use the 2.5 GHz spectrum equipment that could increase the national WiMax footprint significantly... bears watching, eh?

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:00:40 PM
re: Recovery Act: A WiMax Windfall

I wonder when we will start to see "stimulus integrators" start to surface -- speciality resellers who combine gear with grant applications.


There's no shortage of "stimulus webinar workshops" being floated these days -- several different ones this week according to my emails. But I think if you follow folks like DBC and their partnership with the NRTC -- the best candidates already have their plans in high gear.


And don't forget DBC's joint venture with Clearwire in South Carolina -- is there more to come in that department? If all these small WiMax providers use the 2.5 GHz spectrum equipment that could increase the national WiMax footprint significantly... bears watching, eh?

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