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The city considers single mobile WiMax base station in late 2007: Folsom has 7,000 Intel workers, and instead of adding municipal Wi-Fi, might put up a mobile WiMax base station that could provide a basic level of service across the town. I don’t know that one would do it; that seems awfully optimistic regardless of technology and what occurs between now and late 2007. However, they will conduct a feasibility study. With Intel in town, one might expect some subsidization or support, too, as an early testbed.
Part of the plan is to offer service that’s clearly not competitive with wired broadband, but rather focuses entirely on a level of service appropriate for mobile users.
The article doesn’t differentiate between fixed WiMax, well on the way to full certification and deployed extensively in early forms, and mobile WiMax, which has had limited pre-standards deployments outside the U.S., notably in the form known as WiBro in South Korea. Mobile WiMax won’t have the same range and speed as fixed, but it will work in licensed bands and require less infrastructure than Wi-Fi for the same coverage.
Posted by Glennf at February 14, 2006 3:49 PM
Categories: Mobile WiMax