NextPhase wins WIMAX spectrum

23 Jan 2008

The US ISP NextPhase Wireless has been awarded a nationwide licence which will allow it to offer WiMAX services in the 3.7GHz band. The firm’s president and CEO, Robert Ford, said: ‘In late 2007, the FCC acknowledged the challenges faced in deploying WiMAX services in the US, and opened up the 3.65GHz-3.7GHz band for wireless broadband services in an attempt to “encourage multiple entrants and stimulate the expansion of broadband service to rural and under-served areas”.’ He added: ‘I’m happy to announce that our application to provide WiMAX wireless services … has been approved.’ California-based NextPhase says it now has all the elements in place to enable it to deliver a business-grade broadband service with speeds ranging from 3Mbps to 622Mbps. Cellular operator Sprint Nextel and wireless ISP Clearwire are both currently deploying mobile WiMAX networks across the US, using their spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz bands.

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