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Israel grants first community-wide WiMAX license

Posted: 21 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Israel WiMAX license? broadband? Internet access?

Upon issuance of WiMAX license by the Israeli Minister of Communications, Internet Gold, Alvarion and Intel announced they will jointly establish the country's first community-wide WiMAX-based broadband network, bringing high-speed Internet access, data and voice services to an area within the city of Sderot and Israel's Western Negev.

These are remote areas from Israel's densely populated central region and are currently dealing with difficult security challenges. The new network will transform the specific area into a "hot spot" with free of charge, "always-on" Internet access and state-of-the-art communications services, making it one of the country's most technologically advanced regions.

The Ministry issued Internet Gold's fully-owned subsidiary, 012 Smile.Communications, of an extension to the limited license for WiMAX field trials in restricted areas the company received and the issuance in February of an unlimited license for nationwide voice over broadband services.

The Sderot Project represents an extension of the said field trials. Through the use of Alvarion's WiMAX technology and Intel network equipment, the area's schools, kindergartens and public spaces will receive broadband connections to 012 Smile.Communications' 012-branded Internet Access services and 072-branded telephony services.

"We are proud to be the 'midwife' of this important project and grateful for the enthusiastic participation of our partners Alvarion and Intel," said Stella Handler, CEO of 012 Smile.Communications. "We are therefore doubly pleased to bring WiMAX to Sderot, a city that has suffered on both developmental and security fronts, helping it to become one of the world's first 'connected' cities and giving it the technology to reach its full potential."

Tzvika Friedman, president and CEO of Alvarion, added, "In developing regions throughout the world, broadband Internet access is proving to be a great 'leveler' that brings improved education and economic progress in its wake."

Intel mobile general manager Raviv Melamed commented, "By extending the 'connectedness' of local kindergartens, schools, public agencies and businesses, we hope our joint project will improve the quality of life for Sderot residents."

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