BellSouth will launch its fixed wireless broadband service in five new cities in the third quarter of 2006. The service will be available in some select parts of Melbourne, Fla.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Greenville, Miss.; Charleston, S.C.; and Albany, Ga. The service will have a downstream speeds of up to 1.5Mbps. The system transmits signals between local radio towers and a small non-line-of-sight desktop subscriber modem and utilizes BellSouth licensed WCS 2.3GHz spectrum. Other cities where the service is available include Athens, Ga;Palatka, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Gulfport, Miss.; and DeLand, Fla. In addition, BellSouth announced yesterday that it would begin lab trials of WiMAX next quarter using Alcatel’s Evolium® WiMAX solution.