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Om Malik reports that Covad should launch its pre-WiMax broadband wireless this week: The initial service will roll out in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Malik notes that SF and LA already have TowerStream service.
In talking with Speakeasy at the launch of their pre-WiMax service a few months ago in Seattle, they described the difference between themselves and TowerStream in a number of ways, one of which was that they eschew the “wireless ring in the air” idea in which TowerStream runs their backbone in part among stations way up high. Speakeasy leases a lot of local fiber, and they’d rather run the maximum bandwidth to each location they put a WiMax tower on.
Covad resells to EarthLink, Speakeasy, and other companies nationwide, and they also have a lot of fiber in their portfolio. If you already have fiber to a building, it’s fairly easy (once real-estate rights have been secured) to stick an antenna on the top of it.
Posted by Glennf at October 2, 2005 7:54 PM
Categories: launch plans
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