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Pacific Internet is planning to build a WiMax network in Singapore: The ISP has licenses in the 2.5 GHz band, an ideal frequency for launching a portable broadband wireless service. The 3G players in Singapore must be fuming over the fact that this ISP spent just US$1.2 million on the spectrum as compared to the US$60 million spent on 3G spectrum. This is the same issue that has 3G operators in Europe fighting to restrict use of the 2.5 GHz band, which is to be distributed in a few years, to 3G technologies only.
Pacific Internet was part of a trial launched last year in cooperation with MobileOne using broadband wireless gear from Soma. MobileOne also conducted trials of gear from IPWireless and ArrayComm. A couple months ago MobileOne said it would trial WiMax later in the year. Singapore presents a great opportunity for any mobile technology really because its relatively small size allows the potential to cover every inch. It has dense areas though, which presents its own challenges.
Posted by nancyg at May 30, 2005 1:18 PM
Categories: launch plans
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