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Pipex trials WiMax network at Warwick council

Antony Savvas

Pipex Wireless is to launch a second commercial trial of its WiMax long-range internet connectivity services, working with National Grid Wireless, Warwick Council and Intel.

The trial will involve three sites in the Leamington Spa and Warwick area to deliver products including leased line replacement, VoIP, home workers' broadband and dedicated broadband connectivity using WiMax.

Pipex is the first wireless solutions provider to launch WiMax services, having already launched a trial in Milton Keynes. With the second trial, Pipex  intends to initially deliver services to Warwick District Council and subsequently approach businesses and home-users in the Warwick area.

The network will be commissioned in the second quarter and run for six months. Pipex plans to deploy the network to other towns and cities later in 2007.

The latest trial will see high-speed broadband delivered over Airspan HiperMax WiMax base stations, one of which will be located at National Grid Wireless headquarters in Warwick.

Intel Solutions Services is working with the council to support the introduction of wireless and other technologies, and evaluating performance.

Chris Elliott, chief executive of Warwick Council, said, “Attracting the latest wireless broadband and voice services to the area is great news. We are looking to make the district a technologically advanced area to live and do business in.”

Stephen Marshall, CEO of National Grid Wireless, said, "Our business is founded on the delivery of infrastructure and managed service solutions to the wireless and broadcast industry, and we believe the roll-out of wireless broadband networks will be complementary to the wide range of technologies already deployed by our organisation."

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