Liberty to expand Wi-Fi coverage to all major metros; start WiMAX tests

1 Sep 2006

Panamanian wireless internet provider Liberty Technologies expects to have Wi-Fi coverage of all the main metropolitan areas of the country by the end of 2006, the company’s operations manager Salomón Zayat told BNamericas. By that date Liberty and its technology partner Navini Networks expect to have installed 18 pre-WiMAX cells, up from 14 cells currently, with each cell having capacity for about 300 clients. Liberty holds licences to provide wireless internet services in the 3.4GHz to 3.5GHz band and claims to operate Panama’s only commercial public Wi-Fi network with more than 100 hotspots including airports, marinas, fast food chains, hotels and other public places. The company expects to start testing WiMAX services with Navini by the end of the year or early in 2007, Zayat added. Liberty does not release subscriber figures.