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WorldMAX launches WiMAX network in Amsterdam

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Tue June 17, 2008

WiMAX launches in Europe

Private Dutch firm WorldMAX on Tuesday announced the launch of Europe's first WiMAX network in Amsterdam. The network, which relies on the 3.5GHz band in Europe, allows users in Amsterdam's city center to use their high-speed wireless data devices while on the move, not having to stay still to enjoy the benefits of the network.

Compared to plans from KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile, who offer cellular phone data plans, the WorldMAX offering is nearly as fast as wired broadband connections, cheaper and does not have an associated long-term contract.

WorldMAX plans to eventually expand the coverage of its network nationwide, although that project would be akin to building a cellular phone network from scratch, requiring 3,000 towers, according to company chief executive Jeanine van der Vlist. The cost to do so would be equivalent to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Monthly pricing for a WorldMAX' WiMAX connection is the equivalent of $31 per month for a wireless broadband connection for laptop computers with no imposed data limits. In the US, Sprint is due to launch a WiMAX network later this year, while Clearwire already offers WiMAX in select cities, albeit for desktop and laptop PCs only and not handheld devices.




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  1. yticolev

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Nationwide?

    3,000 WiMax towers required to cover the Netherlands? I don't think so. Perhaps they are talking Western Europe.

  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Only problem for now...

    ... is that they don't support Mac OSX (yet).

    Bummer...

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Why...

    ....doesn't it work with the Mac? Just curious. I'm in Germany and we've been petitioning here in my area, just east of Bonn, for a WiMax Network. Since Telekom has said officially that they will never update any of the landlines in this area to cover vdsl or adsl, it's our only chance other than 2-way satellite which I use now, but is woefully inefficient for the future (even today!). Once again... just curious, considering that the box in all likelihood, is only a receiver/sender modem, with only a normal Ethernet connector to your router.

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