UK broadband provider Pipex Communications will launch a six-month trial of WiMAX services in December in the south east town of Milton Keynes, following a successful test of services in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier this year. Working in conjunction with the local council, Pipex will trial the service with 500 users, providing data connections at download speeds of up to 10Mbps. Airspan is providing its HiperMAX-Micro base stations and user equipment, while Ericsson is providing the radio network and roof top infrastructure.
Pipex is teaming up with Intel, the world’s biggest computer chip maker, to roll out wireless broadband services across the country. Pipex is handing its 3.6GHz spectrum licence to a newly created subsidiary, Pipex Wireless, ahead of the commercial launch of WiMAX networks in London and Manchester in early 2007. Eventually, the service will be available in the UK’s 50 biggest metropolitan areas, with a further eight cities to be covered by 2008. Pipex’s 3.6GHz licence is one of only two national WiMAX operating concessions in the UK.