Shock News – UK Wimax network up for sale

Posted by PsionAndy on Aug 07, 2007

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In what has come as a shock to nearly everyone in the UK. PCCW is about to put its  fixed wireless ISP, NOW, up for sale.

Now the Shock isn’t that it’s selling… but nobody I’ve spoken to actually knew there was a UK Wimax network at all.

To be fair NOW only has about 14,000 customers,  and with a fixed speed of 1Mb/sec and 18 per month price,  it isn’t exactly sexy technology.. compared to the 3G data services that 3, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone are now starting to push. But even so you’d have thought that someone would have mentioned it.

Their other option would be to try and grow the business, possibly pushing into VOIP

That would depend not only on successful trials, but also on a change in the regulations. Currently voice-over-Wimax is not permitted, but PCCW group managing director Alex Arena told The Standard’s Chinese-language sister paper that Ofcom has intimated that it will relax this rule.

Arena denied the reports that PCCW is looking to sell NOW, which cost an estimated 27 million to set up and lost 23.2 million in 2005 (later figures have not been disclosed).

Source: PC Pro

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