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IPWireless is making its technology available for use in the 450 MHz band: Some countries in Europe have recently distributed licenses for spectrum in the band and others are in the process of doing so. The IPWireless solution could be particularly attractive to operators because it supports roaming between an IPWireless network built using the 450 MHz band and UMTS in the 3G bands. I believe the solution only supports roaming between an HSDPA network and the IPWireless technology.
This offering definitely opens the door for IPWireless, mainly because it is allows for roaming between existing UMTS networks. Because the solution is compatible with existing UMTS networks, operators aren’t required to essentially build a totally separate network that can only attract a new customer base.
Flarion also recently announced that it, together with Siemens, is developing a 450 MHz solution. Flarion’s solution will be available in the second quarter this year. I don’t believe that operators that use the Flarion solution will be able to allow roaming between it and UMTS networks. However, Flarion may be pursuing a slightly different market. Its press release notes that specifically operators in Eastern Europe without UMTS licenses are looking for alternatives. The 450 MHz band and a greenfield deployment of something like Flarion’s technology could appeal to them.
Update: When I first posted this item this morning, I said that I wasn’t aware of other technologies available in the 450 MHz band and I surmised that Flarion and IPWireless may be looking for a first mover advantage. However, I’ve since learned that Nortel has developed CDMA gear that operates at 450 MHz and other vendors may offer similar products.
Also, an IPWireless press representative tells me that the IPWireless 450 MHz gear will be commercial by October this year.
Posted by nancyg at February 24, 2005 12:29 PM
Categories: proprietary technologies
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