Kyocera in wireless broadband deal down under

16 Mar 2004

Japanese equipment supplier Kyocera Corp revealed yesterday that it has provided Personal Broadband Australia (PBA) with what it claims is the world’s first wireless broadband telecommunications system for consumer use. The system, which incorporates technology developed by Array Comm of the US, is said to be capable of receiving data at speeds of up to 1Mbps even if a number of personal computers are linked up simultaneously. It will be put into commercial operation today in the Sydney area, initially served by 12 base stations, before being expanded to Melbourne, Brisbane and other eastern seaboard cities over the following months. PBA also plans to raise the system’s optimum data transmission speed to 10Mbps within five years.