Brasil Telecom Plans Mobile WiMax Network

Brasil Telecom Participações (BrT) looks to offer mobile WiMax to residents in the southern Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Curitiba. Dante Nardelli, who heads BrT’s technology and technical planning division, said the two cities are home to 200,500 broadband customers, which the company sees as potential WiMax users.

BrT’s WiMax unit Vant already obtained licenses in the 3.5Ghz and 10.5Ghz bands in 2003, and was hoping to also get licenses in the 5GHz and 10GHz spectra. Brazil’s third largest fixed line operator is currently waiting for the decision of national telecoms regulator Anatel as to whether concession contract holders can bid for licenses in areas where they have ongoing concession contracts.

The country is host to about 250 WiMax networks, which are either in operation or in the trial stage. Most, however, use the fixed or nomadic system.
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