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Unwired National Network Next Year

Wireless internet company ‘Unwired’ plans of deploying a national WiMax network in all metropolitan areas have taken a nose dive as parent company, the ‘Seven Group’, stated that commercial services might be still up to one year away.


After two delays already, Unwired is now aiming on expanding their WiMax infrastructure beyond Melbourne and Sydney into other capitals but maintain they wish to roll out the new wireless network ‘right’ opposed to ‘rushed’. It’s believed the WiMax network improvements have been now set back to late 2008 or early 2009.


The wireless internet company’s media parent, Seven Group, said it had begun testing the new network but commercial services might still be up to a year away.  A Seven Group spokesman said trials currently under way would enable the company to build a financial structure for the project that was expected to proceed “in the current financial year”.

“We’re very pleased with the technology and the opportunities with Unwired. We’ll do it right, not rushed,” the spokesman said.



source: australianit.com.au

Clearwire Google Intel Comcast WIMAX Broadband

If the U.S. is a yardstick for things to come in the Telecommunication sector, than XOHM WiMAX Wireless Broadband could be ‘it’ for Australian Mobile Networks down the track.

Comcast, Intel and Google recently contributed around $3 billion to deploy a WiMAX mobile Internet Network in Chicago among other regions, and for these ‘big boys’ to show this much commitment, theres obviously some kind of potential behind the technology.


WiMAX (or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is still currently a questionable standard of telecommunications technology that supposedly offers uninterrupted broadband wireless Internet access to subscribers anywhere in that respective area. Mobile Phones, Personal Computers and other forms of communication devices are all compatible with WiMAX and unlike the WiFi standard, it apparently offers greater coverage and quality of service.


For the time being though, all eyes will be on Chicago as it embraces WiMAX as a Broadband alternative, and although it mightn’t be the preferred option for all Broadband users out there, it will certainly be closely monitored by many for it’s potential as a mainstream Wireless alternative of the future.



Source: Suntime.com

Agile select Airspan WiMax Broadband Wireless Technology

Internode’s Broadband Internet Carrier ‘Agile Communications’ has just recently acquired Airspan’s WiMAX Wireless 3.4 GHz base station equipment to provide high speed wireless broadband access across regions of Australia.


Over a 6 month period last year, Agile conducted wireless testing over 15,000 square kilometers using the 3.4 & 5.8 GHz Wireless WiMAX technology in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula and Coorong regions. It’s understood that Internode, using the Government’s “Australian Broadband Guarantee” initiative, will commence selling WiMAX Broadband Internet Plans & Products soon.


“Airspan’s broad coverage MicroMAX system is well suited for Internode’s needs. In the wide-ranging testing carried out, we have confirmed the reliability of the MicroMAX system to cover the terrain necessary to reach our end users. With speeds exceeding 6 mbp/s at distances of 30km and greater, this proven performance is paramount to providing service under the Australian Broadband Guarantee program,” said Internode managing director Simon Hackett.

“The Australian WiMAX market continues to gain momentum and we are pleased that Airspan has been there from the beginning with a regional presence through our fully owned incorporated subsidiary, Airspan Networks Pty Ltd, based in Sydney,” said Grant Stepa, Airspan’s Managing Director & Vice President Australasia.


Read the entire article at Broadband Wireless Exchange Magazine

Wireless Broadband Access – Totally Mobile or Simply Unwired?

Wireless Broadband Internet Access is becoming increasingly popular with many consumers preferring to ditch the home phone landline and fixed Internet Connection in favour for Wireless free Broadband. Not only can you save money on your monthly Phone Bill, you can also enjoy the freedom of an unwired environment.


You see nowdays many people are opting top use their Mobile Phones more frequently opposed to the home phone and if needed, acquire a VoIP Internet Service (wired or wireless) to use for local and national calls. Now there’s two basic methods of receiving a wireless Internet Broadband. The first is via a wireless modem or should I say Wi-Fi Modem or Router using a typical fixed line Broadband Internet service. This gives you the freedom to roam around your house (naked if you like) using a laptop or moving your PC wirelessly from room to room. For example, Virgin Broadband’s latest wireless deal ‘Broadband at Home’ gives you this very option and includes free national and local phone calls.  


On the other hand you may want to enjoy the freedom and convenience of being  totally flexible on a Mobile Wireless Broadband Plan that you can use on the road, at home, or down at the local cafe having a coffee with your next door neighbor’s wife? This is where the likes of Telstra BigPond’s extensive wireless coverage network comes into play. BigPond and their Next G wireless Broadband Plans give you the ability to move outside the home into rural, remote and more provincial type regions with wireless Internet cards. For example, you can sign up to a BigPond Next G Wireless Broadband Plan, use a Mobile Broadband Card in your laptop, and away you go. It’s that easy!


Broadband Guide has a number of Wireless Broadband Providers and Plans including Virgin Broadband, BigPond and 3 Mobile. All of their customer service operators are usually quite efficient with assisting you with all your Wi-Fi, WiMax or Broadband Wireless enquiries. They can cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s and make joining up to a wireless Internet plan a breeze. The big question for you is: Do you want an unwired home environment, in which you only need a fixed line internet connection and wireless modem or router? Or do you want the freedom of being totally mobile to roam where you want in completely Mobile Wireless environment? Broadband Guide has the Wireless Broadband Plans, but the choice is up to you.

Wireless Broadband Plans & Providers at Broadband Guide
3 Mobile Wireless Broadband Plans
Virgin Broadband Wireless Broadband Bundle
BigPond Wireless Broadband Plans 


 

WiMax still in need of support

As Optus and partner Elders (OPEL) finalize plans for a new wireless based network for rural and regional Australia, manufacturing for the technology appears to be slow with only limited amounts of WiMax devices now being available on the market.


As yet, no announcements have been made by OPEL on the type of devices and hardware that will be used for the new Australian WiMax services. And with WiMax device manufacturers still planning launch dates throughout 2008, along with the intended completion date of the Wireless network set as 2009, concerns of network commencement delays could possibly become a reality later this year.


There’s been no announcements of the types of devices that will be offered to OPEL customers, and calls by APCmag.com to Optus elicited no word on when such details would be made public.


One is Taiwanese computer company ASUSTeK which is planning to launch a range of devices with embedded WiMax chips later this year. Another US firm, hardware maker OQO, has plans to launch an ultra-mobile PC with WiMax capabilities sometime during 2008


Read the entire article at APCMag.com

WiMax Wireless cheaper for ALP school plan

According to BigAir in a recent AustralianIT.com.au article, Labor’s plans to equip 2500 schools with very fast Internet could be cheaper using Wireless Technology. Kevin Rudd promised to upgrade school Internet connectivity with a fibre network capable of reaching 100Mbps Broadband speeds. However, it appears that WiMax Technology could provide speeds upto 30Mbps right now, and with a simple radio upgrade down the track, 100Mbps speeds could be achievable.

“We are a little dumbfounded by the major parties calling for large-scale fibre builds to be undertaken when, in most cases, alternative technologies such as wireless broadband can achieve the same results at a fraction of the cost and without lengthy construction delays,” said BigAir CEO Jason Ashton.


“These links are easily upgradeable and speeds up to 30Mbps can be achieved without changing the existing equipment, and even 100Mbps or faster is available with a simple radio upgrade,” Mr Ashton said.


Read the entire article at AustralianIT.com.au

Coonan lies over WiMax speeds says Conroy

In an Election ’07 debate held last week on the Sky channel, both major Political Parties went head to head over Australia’s Telecommunication issues, namely Broadband. Labor Communication’s spokesman ‘Stephen Conroy’ accused Coalition Communication’s Minister ‘Helen Coonan’ of not only lying, but rewriting the laws of physics.


Although there are no official regulations and reports that support or condem these figures, it appears that most WiMax enthusiasts tend to agree that Coonan’s WiMax Speeds figures fall way short of actual speeds attainable, unless we’re living in a ‘perfect world’.


“There are so many things that are technically wrong with what Helen has just said. Internode is not suggesting that it can get 12Mbps at 25km. That is just a lie. Internode can’t get 12Mbps to 20km. The Minister continues to rewrite the laws of physics,” he said.


“If she was a business, Graham Samuel [head of the ACCC] would fine her for false and misleading advertising. He requires Internode, he requires every wireless provider to use the words ‘up to’ 12Mbps,” continued Conroy


Unfortunately for Coonan, and for rural Australians, we’re still far from a perfect world.


Read the entire article at ZDNet.com.au

Australian Broadband Guarantee

One of the Federal Government’s Broadband initiative schemes include the ‘Australian Broadband Guarantee’ program. So what is it and how can it help you? The ABG aims to provide similar Metro Broadband services to those outside these areas who otherwise have insufficient Internet access or none at all. The overall agenda of the ABG, along with supplying comparable services to these areas, is to plug broadband black spots and provide Broadband access rights to rural and regional Australians under HiBIS and Broadband Connect programs.


Broadband Internet Providers will be eligible under ABG guidelines to receive funding from the Government in order to introduce new services into many new areas. More than $160 million dollars has been assigned to the program and will be divided up among Providers respectively. Current Australian Providers already signed up to the ABG include Telstra BigPond, Westnet and Internode. These ISPs will develop and establish new Broadband services in many areas and deliver Broadband types such as ADSL, ADSL2+ and WiMAX Wireless to some Aussie residents for the first time.


Broadband Guide will endeavor to keep you up to speed on regions becoming equipped with new ABG provided services. Further information on the ABG, along with other Broadband initiatives can be found by visiting DICTA.gov.au right here.

Seven offer extra $65 million Unwired bid

Seven Network has come to the Unwired party offering an extra $65 million for a takeover. The revised amount is on top of the recent $127 million bid for the wireless network. As speculation grows over an Optus counter bid, Seven has upped the ante and increased its share offer by an extra 5 cents in the hope of fast tracking a deal.


In its Bidder’s Statement released on Friday evening, Seven urged Unwired shareholders to accept the bid, warning their holdings will be seriously diluted if the company sought the estimated $200 million needed to build its planned WiMAX wireless network.


Read the entire article at TheAge.com.au

Optus enter Unwired bid with Seven

Optus is the latest name connected to the ‘Unwired’ wireless race as speculation mounts over a potential counter bid following the Seven Network’s initial offer. It appears that Optus may require the WiMAX technology to assist its ‘Broadband for the Bush’ rollout which could in turn relieve the fixed-line stranglehold that rival Telstra has in place.


Merrill Lynch believes a counter-bid from Optus to Seven’s takeover offer is a “real possibility” because WiMAX is viewed as a strategic asset given that it has the potential to become an alternative to delivering broadband by fixed line and third-generation mobile phones.


Read the entire article at SMH.com.au


 

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