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Yozan will build a broadband wireless network covering all of Tokyo: Airspan will supply the network, using its newly-announced equipment that is based on WiMax and includes a self-installable CPE. This is quite an ambitious undertaking, with plans initially to cover the city using 600 cells. Ultimately the network will cover the greater metropolitan area and eight surrounding prefectures.
This announcement will likely create a bit of a buzz for a number of reasons. Tokyo, obviously, is a huge, dense city so this is quite an ambitious undertaking and could be a great proving ground for WiMax. But also, it’s likely to receive additional attention by the mere fact that it’s being announced so close to the certification of WiMax gear. Commercial rollout of the network is expected in the fourth quarter, which means there’s a chance that the Airspan gear will actually be certified WiMax by that time. That makes Tokyo one of the biggest cities in the world to get one of the first true WiMax networks throughout the city.
Posted by nancyg at March 11, 2005 3:58 PM
Categories: launch plans
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