Italy WiMAX auction due by end-June

3 Jan 2007

The Italian government is expected to offer WiMAX wireless broadband licences by mid-2007, with interest already coming from ISPs such as FastWeb and Tiscali. Reuters reports that the sale could generate proceeds of up to EUR200 million. Broadband internet providers Tiscali and FastWeb have both conducted trials of WiMAX technology, which they would deploy alongside their existing fixed networks, while Telecom Italia is also likely to be among the bidders for WiMAX concessions.