Urban areas target for broadband boost


Urban areas target for broadband boost

Antony Savvas

Urban areas in the UK will receive a boost to long-range WiMax wireless broadband deployments if a Macropolitan and Alcatel-Lucent UK deal delivers.

The pair are working together to provide UK operators with an offering that combines the technology of Alcatel-Lucent and Macropolitan’s ownership of the UK’s largest portfolio of exclusive telecoms rights at 8,900 urban sites.

Alcatel-Lucent can now offer UK operators a fully outsourced WiMax network deployment in urban areas.

The networking equipment supplier is able to provide the WiMax infrastructure, network planning, site acquisition, installation and maintenance services, while Macropolitan will offer its portfolio of urban sites to Alcatel-Lucent.

This partnership will deliver a WiMax deployment service that removes delays associated with traditional site acquisition, said the pair.

Macropolitan has over 35 property owner partners including Travelodge, Premier Travel Inn, David Lloyd Leisure and Fitness First.

Pipex Wireless is currently the only WiMax provider in the UK near to providing fully commercial services, with trial deployments at Milton Keynes and Warwick. It recently joined forces with Nokia Siemens Networks to help speed UK deployments.

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Pipex Wireless website >>

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