7 thoughts on “BellSouth launches fixed wireless in Athens, Georgia”

  1. BellSouth is not the first major phone comapny to do this. Both Sprint and AT&T did so in the 90s. I’m pretty sure some of the Sprint deployments are still in service, too.

  2. Why not just replace fixed wireless with pre-WiMax? I think that is really more what you meant. BTW, I believe the vendor is Navini.

  3. Actually, the BellSouth Athens trial isn’t really fixed wireless, as the Navini Ripwave external modem (and pretty much every vendor’s current-generation CPE of this type) is basically the same form factor as an 802.11 wireless router, and is also available in a PCMCIA card — call it portable rather than fixed. You can pick it up and take it with you, though there’s no handoff. If you don’t want to use the W-word, the generic term to those skilled in the art is Broadband Wireless Access, or BWA.

  4. Ok. Before the end of the year, all the “pre” guys will be certified, so this won’t be an issue. Then we will get to haggle about mobile pre-WiMax until the end of next year.

  5. I believe the official term is ‘nomadic’- you can move it with some hassle, but as stated, no handoff. Handoff makes it portable, fast-handoff (>60mph) makes it mobile.

    Any idea on what Navini’s latency is nowadays? This is always ignored in the press until customers eventually bitch and moan as with Unwired in Australia-

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