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Friday, August 26, 2005

Intel pumps $37 million into Unwired

Via Whirlpool:

Australia will become the world's testbed for WiMAX – Intel's wireless broadband technology – with the announcement that the chip giant will invest AUD $37million in the expansion of the Unwired network in Australia.

Unwired currently uses a proprietory standard from Navini, but will now transition to WiMAX in 2006.

WiMAX, which stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a standards-based wireless technology that provides high-speed broadband connectivity over long distances to homes, businesses and mobile wireless networks. It promises shared speeds of up to 70Mbit/sec and an upper range of 50km. New modems capable of running both Unwired's proprietory technology and the WiMAX standard will be available in first half of next year.

The announcement was made on the same day as Telstra's official launch of BigPond Wireless Broadband, which uses EV-DO over the telco's CDMA mobile network.

Unwired CEO David Spence said the investment will make WiMAX an technology. "absolutely mainstream"“Unwired will be in the unique position of having access to the majority of the WiMAX-designated 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz licensed bands in Australia’s major metropolitan areas,” Spence said.

Under a recently announced deal with Austar, Unwired is able to deploy its wireless service across much of Australia, including Melbourne, Brisbane, Geelong, Newcastle and other major centres, although not in WA.

Unwired spokesperson Amanda Wallace said that the company was looking into which cities would get a Unwired roll-out first, but would not be announcing its decision until closer to the launch date in 2006. When the roll-out is complete, Unwired's service will be available to 66% of the population, Wallace said.


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