UAE follows Saudi with Wimax trials

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By  Published  December 1, 2006

The UAE’s second telco operator, ‘Du’, has already begun field trials of WiMAX technology, according to its CEO Osman Sultan, as the organisation gears up to its full launch at the end of this year. “Du has already deployed WiMAX in selected test locations in Dubai,” said Sultan. “We are evaluating this new technology to see if it supports the demands of voice and data we believe some customers want.” Although in the future WiMAX technology could allow telcos and ISPs to offer city-wide broadband speed internet wirelessly, Sultan added that he thought standard broadband would continue to be the main relied upon form of internet delivery for some years to come. “It’s probably safe to say that WiMAX will be used for customers with specific communications needs in both business and consumer sectors, plus it will suit different geographical areas in the UAE,” he added. In April the head of the UAE’s telecoms regulator, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), said that regulations regarding the implementation of wireless network technology would be finalised by the end of this year. Meanwhile earlier this year in March, Intel deployed a fixed WiMAX solution with data provider ITC for its Riyadh offices, with the hardware behemoth claiming this was a regional first for the use of the technology.

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