Municipal Wireless Market Takes Flight over Last 12 Months
The municipal wireless market is gaining momentum as government initiatives to provide large access networks are moving into the trial stage and WiMax technology matures. Nortel's WiMax solution is being tested by Chunghwa Telecom in Yilan, Taiwan, as part of the local government's Mobile Taiwan project. In addition to deploying a mobile WiMax network in this northeastern county, Nortel is also deploying a WiMax network at the National Taiwan University campus and at an expiremental park in Taipei. Nortel's wireless solution includes its own MIMO antenna technology, enabling provisioning for voice services over WiMax.

The Mobile Taiwan project aims to provide broadband access coverage to 8 million residents or 80% of the urban population.

Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has also chosen Nortel's WiMax solution as it moves to test wireless technologies for its Next Generation Broadband Strategy 2010 initiative, which includes a vision to provide broadband access services across the country within the next 4 years. Nortel's base stations for both fixed and mobile WiMax will be initially tested in Ishinomaki, a port city on Honshu Island in Tohuku's Miyagi Prefecture. Nortel's WiMax equipment is also being tested by carriers in Germany, Canada, Greece, Russia, and Mexico.

Fintel, a telecom service provider owned by the Fiji government and Cable and Wireless, will deploy Alvarion's WiMax technology in the capital city of Suva, with plans to expand the deployment to more than 330 islands in the south Pacific achipelago. Alvarion's most recent WiMax solutions support both WiMax and Wi-Fi. The company's BreezeMAX solution has been deployed in more than 200 installations in more than 80 countries. As WiMax technology emerges, municipal WiFi networks continue to be deployed throughout the world. Recently, Omni-Directional Communication Products Oy chose to implement InspiAir's Wi-Fi network in Helsinki. InspiAir's solution is an alternative to mesh networks, in that the vendor's system employs a 802.11 algorithm known as Virtual Transmission Manager, which enables a municipal Wi-Fi to require fewer access points than a mesh system. The company also claims the technology provides superior network performance.

In the U.S., Galaxy Internet Services announced that it would be deploying Strix Systems' wireless mesh network in Brookline, Massachusetts. Strix's technology supports long-range 4.9 GHz capability using the DSRC mask, which provides double the coverage area compared to standard 4.9 GHz.

According to, municipal wireless network deployments in the U.S. have increased from 38 in July of 2005 to 68 in September of this year. Planned deployments (RFP and RFI issuances) have increased from 34 to 135 over the same period. To view a detailed list of cities and counties that have deployed municipal networks, check out's research at:

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