Urban WiMAX plans January London launch

30 Oct 2006

UK start-up wholesale ISP Urban WiMAX plans to launch London’s first ‘true WiMAX’ service in January 2007, the company said in a statement. The service will be aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises that need to be able to upload high volumes of data to the internet. The company is looking to raise an additional GBP3 million (USD5.7 million) in funding this week.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in March 2006 Urban WiMAX announced plans to launch trials of what it describes as ‘the UK’s first true WiMAX services’ in London, based on the 802.16d standard as opposed to so-called pre-WiMAX technology. The trial began in April, and allows users to access the service for free, ahead of a planned commercial launch in the third quarter – a date it has since missed. Urban WiMAX claims the service will cost 30% to 50% less than BT’s equivalent speed wholesale SDSL service.

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