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March 23, 2005

Irish Broadband Orders More Alvarion Gear

By Nancy Gohring

Irish Broadband plans to further extend its network: The operator already covers a number of cities in Ireland and with this recent announcement plans to reach “near nationwide coverage” by the end of this year. Irish Broadband uses both unlicensed and the licensed 3.5 GHz spectrum. In the licensed band, it is deploying Alvarion’s equipment that aims to be WiMax compliant.

If Irish Broadband can offer decent access prices, it stands to be targeting an ideal market. A recent report placed Ireland as 27th out of 30 in value for money for broadband access. In other words, only three other countries had higher prices for what you get. If Irish Broadband can slip in under that cost, it stands to do well.

The company also stands to benefit from self-installable CPEs. I was unable to subscribe to Irish Broadband in my apartment in Dublin because the building management wouldn’t allow an external antenna to be mounted on the building. I suspect my building is not unique in that rule.

Posted by nancyg at March 23, 2005 3:19 PM

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