PCCW has launched a UMTS TDD-based wireless broadband network in the UK, using the 3.4GHz spectrum it acquired in 2003, PCCW and its technology supplier IPWireless have announced.
UK Broadband, the PCCW subsidiary service provider, is offering its branded Netvigator high-speed wireless service to residential and business customers living in the Thames Valley west of London at rates starting at £18 per month.
“The service we are offering with UMTS TDD is truly revolutionary and is going to change people’s lives,” said Mike Butcher, ceo of UK Broadband.
Six areas in the Thames Valley will be the first places in the country to get coverage. This service will initially available in Aldershot, Maidenhead, Reading, Slough, Windsor, and Wokingham. Subscribers will have an initial choice of a 512kbps or 1Mbps services.
UK Broadband owns a nationwide UK and Northern Ireland contiguous 3.4GHz license. After completing this launch, it will announce its national rollout plans for service in the UK and Northern Ireland.
UMTS TDD is a standard that uses unpaired spectrum. IP Wireless’ Mobile Broadband solution includes network infrastructure, desktop modems and PC cards. There are an increasing number of devices with TDD chips embedded in them.