Verizon Experiments With Wireless Broadband
Verizon certainly seems to be one of the more aggressive carriers when it comes to testing out new technologies. The latest is a very small wireless broadband trial in Grundy, Virginia. They’re using equipment from Alvarion, which makes it pretty clear that if this works out, they’ll offer WiMax when it’s available. The interesting part, though, is that they’re apparently using unlicensed spectrum at 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz. Generally speaking, companies in the wireless industry have been insisting that no major player would dare roll out WiMax in unlicensed spectrum — which could make this experiment even more worth watching to see if the unlicensed spectrum part causes any problems. In some ways, if it works, it may do more damage for Verizon, by making it clear that unlicensed spectrum is just fine for WiMax, making it tougher for the big carriers to point to the licensed spectrum they would use as somehow being more reliable and making it easier for smaller players to insist they can do just fine with unlicensed spectrum. Of course, the opposite could happen if Verizon can show problems with the test every time someone heats up a frozen dinner in their microwave.
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