London to get 'true Wimax' in January 2007

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wifi.pngThe UK Internet Service Provider Urban WIMAX has said it’s planning to launch London’s first ‘true WIMAX’ service in January next year.

Aimed primarily at small and medium-sized businesses who need to upload large amounts of data to the Net, the company is seeking to raise £3m in funding to develop its 802.16d standard service.

The service has been on free trial since April, and was due to launch this year, but has now been pushed back. They claim it will cost 30-50% less than BT’s wholesale SDSL service.

The City of London Corporation had already planned a Square Mile Wi-fi mesh similar to the Norwich scheme but this sounds more akin to the Milton Keynes trial. The scope of this project is currently unknown.

Andy Merrett