WiMax set to reach rural areas first

24 Feb 2005

Following the success of recent trials of WiMax, UK incumbent BT has hinted that it might roll out the high speed wireless technology in remote rural areas before offering the service to people living in towns and cities. BT tested the platform in four remote locations in the UK and reported a high level of satisfaction among broadband users testing the service, although Chet Patel, general manager for BT Retail Internet Access Products, confirms that the actual rollout will be ‘demand-driven’. Around 5% of British homes are currently unable to get broadband services because it is not economically viable for BT to upgrade their local exchange. Using WiMax could prove a less costly way to resolve this problem.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)