Iberbanda and Alcatel-Lucent partner for WiMAX pilot

11 Mar 2009

Telefonica-owned Iberbanda has deployed a trial WiMAX 802.16-e (Rev-e) network in partnership with French hardware vendor Alcatel-Lucent, Edu Bourse reports. The Spanish operator has installed a bus with video cameras, phones and computers which is being driven around its R&D centre in Malaga in an attempt to demonstrate the simultaneous use of a WiMAX network by a variety of applications. For the demonstrations the bus is equipped with WiMAX customer premise equipment (CPE) with Wi-Fi functionality. The CPE is connected to a WiMAX base station enabling internet access at 18Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream. At the end of 2008 Iberbanda announced that it was refocusing its WiMAX R&D efforts on enhanced wireless DSL services, including usage for mobile internet devices alongside domestic home computer use.