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Intel and Irish Broadband, the fixed broadband wireless operator, are launching a WiMax trial in Ireland: The first base station will be in Leixlip and will offer free broadband access for three years to schools and the library in Leixlip. Residents and local businesses can also be part of the trial.
As usual, it’s often not really clear what some companies mean when they use the term “WiMax.” Seeing as no certified gear is on the market, it’s hard to know if this trial won’t be happening until the equipment is available or if the trial is moving ahead with WiMax-like products.
Irish Broadband isn’t the only operator with WiMax plans in Ireland. DigiWeb, another broadband access provider says it plans to build a wireless network to be based on WiMax covering half of the country by early 2005.
Ireland’s broadband penetration is low for Europe mostly due to aging infrastructure. Wireless could be ideal for bringing access to more people.