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WiMAX service two years away, provider survey finds

Posted: 10 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless? wisp? wimax? abi research?

Many wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) are anxious to deploy WiMAX metropolitan area network equipment, but most believe it will be 2006 before they can offer the wireless broadband service to their users, a just-released survey indicates. In the survey by ABI research, more than half of those who responded said they plan to deploy WiMAX wireless broadband service. However, only about a quarter believed they could deploy WiMAX equipment within the next two years. By contrast, half said they expected WiMAX to be available to customers in 2006, according to the researchers.

About two-thirds of the WISPs said they will deploy WiMAX whether or not local incumbent carriers do, the survey found.

Final ratification of the standard is expected later this year and the first products certified by the WiMAX Forum are expected about a year from now.

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