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4 | June 2008 |
Intel grabs TDD
Alcatel-Lucent brings
spectrum in Sweden
WiMAX to Bolivia
“Alcatel-Lucent’s WiMAX solution
Intel Capital Corporation has WiMAX network, and will rent will enable us to better serve cus-
emerged as one of the five out the licence to its partners tomers in such major urban centres
licence winners in Sweden’s rather than sell it. as the cities of La Paz, El Alto, Santa
recent 2.6GHz auction. Acquir- The Swedish market now Cruz and Cochabamba, which cur-
ing 50MHz of TDD spectrum for looks set for a head-on battle rently are under-served.”
SEK159.2m ($26.5m), Intel paid between WIMAX (Intel) and Alcatel-Lucent has provided Nue-
the lowest amount among the LTE (the cellular operators), but vatel a complete WiMAX solution,
2.6GHz licence winners. Intel is counting on a significant including base stations, wireless ac-
The other winners for the time-to-market advantage over cess controllers, software and appli-
spectrum (which is technology its cellco rivals to give it the up- cation platforms. The company has
and service neutral) are Sweden’s per hand. Nuevatel PCS, a telco in Bolivia also provided professional network
existing cellular operators, with “I’ve no idea of the timeline for operating under the VIVA brand services to Nuevatel. These include:
each acquiring FDD allocations: building out the WiMAX network name, has launched commercial design and planning for end-to-end
H3G Access (2x10MHz), Tele2 at this stage, but it won’t be two service over a mobile WiMAX net- network integration services; radio
(2x20MHz), Telenor (2x20MHz) to three years before we launch work supplied by Alcatel-Lucent. network planning; installation and
and TeliaSonera Mobile Networks services,” says an Intel spokes- The new network can support voice commissioning; project manage-
(2x20MHz). person. “The whole purpose of over IP (VoIP), high-speed Internet ment; and support services.
TeliaSonera paid the most for the investment in the licence [in access and other data services. To ensure Nuevatel’s customers
its licence ($93m) while H3G Sweden] is to make the market “This new WiMAX network will will benefit from early, ‘state-of-
Access, with only 20MHz of for WiMAX happen sooner than make it possible for us to offer our the-art’ WiMAX devices that
spectrum, paid $49m. After 112 it would without our investment. business and residential customers comply with the IEEE 802.16e-2005
bidding rounds over 16 days, the We’re not here to compete with a wide range of easy-to-use wireless standard, Alcatel-Lucent says it has
auction raised a total of SEK2.1bn incumbents. We won’t necessarily broadband services,” says Freddy teamed up with ZyXEL to provide
($350m). make money in the near term. It’s Maldonado Valcik, Nuevatel’s CEO. customer premise equipment.
Intel says it is looking for about establishing WiMAX in the
partners to build and operate a market in the long term.”
Virgin marches
Alvarion scores WiMAX into Russia
3.3GHz UK deal
for WiMAX-based services.
Virgin Connect will provide
broadband Internet connectivity,
tranet to provide backhaul voice and value-added services to
for its network of CCTV residential, SME and larger corpo-
cameras and traffic junction rate customers.
control boxes throughout “We offer Russian consumers
Reading. high quality of service, a differenti-
Live video from main
Richard Branson
ating feature of the Virgin services
roads and junctions is worldwide, and we really care about
streamed back to a central Tivron, a Swiss-based telecom our customers,” said Istvan Kovacs,
control room, and traffic holding company, has formed a COO of the Trivon Group. “We
lights can then be manually partnership with Richard Branson’s also give easy access to our services
Alvarion has won a contract to de- controlled via the WiMAX network Virgin Group to bring WiMAX with simple and transparent tariffs.”
ploy its WiMAX kit in the 3.3GHz to improve traffic flow. Automatic services to Russia under the Virgin Virgin Connect said it plans to
spectrum for UK network provider License Plate recognition is also Connect brand. gain a market share of 10 per cent
Metranet, which is operating in this being built into the system. In May, Trivon, which already within five years of launch.
frequency through a Non-Oper- Metranet said it could signifi- operates WiMAX networks in Co-investors in the project are
ational Temporary licence from cantly reduce costs for bandwidth 32 Russian regions, including two private equity companies,
regulator Ofcom. intensive applications such as Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Delta Partners and Eurasia Capital
Alvarion’s BreezeMAX base CCTV, compared to wired infra- 20 largest cities where it holds the Management. All three firms own
stations and CPEs will enable Me- structure. required licences and frequencies stakes in Trivon.
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