Saturday, 16 December 2017

LMDS pits wireless against fixed lines

By David Molony
Monday 18 May 98

The broadband network map of the United States has been re-drawn, extending the spectrum of wireless services to make them competitive with high-speed fixed network offerings. The Federal Communications Commission last month closed an auction of hundreds of license areas based on the basic trading areas defined in the standard Rand McNally U.S. national road atlas. Winners of area auctions will be licensed to provide local multipoint distribution services (LMDS), also known as wireless cable services. Analysts say the auction represents one of the biggest-ever offerings of broadband facilities to the telecoms industry, and will extend broadband network applications to business users that, until now, have been limited to Integrated Services Digital Network facilities. "[LMDS] is very significant for the business network," said Frank Governali, telecoms analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston Inc., of New York. "The amount of spectrum is enormous; it will permit a huge range of new fixed wireless business applications to be developed." The LMDS licenses will provide operators with spectrum of more than 1,000 megahertz - 40 times the capacity of cellular and personal communications services (PCS) licenses for mobile voice telephony…

The broadband network map of the United States has been re-drawn, extending the spectrum of wireless services to make them competitive with high-speed fixed network offerings. The Federal Communications Commission last month closed an auction of hundreds of license areas based on the basic trading areas defined in the standard Rand McNally U.S. national road atlas. Winners of area auctions will be licensed to provide local multipoint distribution services (LMDS), also known as wireless cable services. Analysts say the auction represents one of the biggest-ever offerings of broadband facilities to the telecoms industry, and will extend broadband network applications to business users that, until now, have been limited to Integrated Services Digital Network facilities. "[LMDS] is very significant for the business network," said Frank Governali, telecoms analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston Inc., of New York. "The amount of spectrum is enormous; it will permit a huge range of new fixed wireless business applications to be developed." The LMDS licenses will provide operators with spectrum of more than 1,000 megahertz - 40 times the capacity of cellular and personal communications services (PCS) licenses for mobile voice telephony…

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