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WiFi Projects will trial GigaBeam equipment in Ireland: GigaBeam uses spectrum very high on the band, in the 70 GHz and 80 GHz range, to deliver gigabit speed connections. Using spectrum that high up typically means that the connection can only travel a short distance. WiFi Projects said it’s using a trial license from ComReg, the regulator in Ireland. It’s not clear what kind of hoops WiFi Projects would have to jump through in order to commercially introduce a service using the equipment. ComReg sounds quite liberal in trying to invite companies to trial new technologies using off-beat frequencies in Ireland. Because it’s an island, Ireland isn’t as restricted as other European countries that need to be mindful of the spectrum rules of their neighbors. Also, Ireland is relatively sparsely populated, meaning there’s plenty of empty spectrum to be had here making it a good place to experiment. Also, Eircom, the telco in Ireland, is the epitome of a lumbering monopoly, offering incredibly poor service so that lots of people here are eager to use any competitive provider. [link via Om]
Posted by nancyg at August 9, 2005 1:27 PM
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