PCCW opt for slow wireless rollout in the UK

25 Nov 2004

Hong Kong-based telco PCCW reported on Tuesday that it has scaled down plans for a near-term nationwide rollout of its wireless broadband internet service in the UK. The company launched a trial of the service covering a potential 300,000 residential customers in the UK’s Thames Valley region in May 2004, costing around GBP21 million (USD40 million), and spent a further USD14 million buying all 15 of the country’s available broadband licences. Analysts have predicted that a full UK rollout of wireless broadband would cost PCCW up to USD1 billion. The group has now opted for a “step-by-step approach” and has hinted that it is likely to introduce the service in one major UK city within the next few months.

United Kingdom, PCCW Group