Slovak telecoms provider Slovanet plans to launch a newly upgraded commercial WiMAX broadband service this month, using mobile-ready technology, initially covering a catchment area of 30,000 households in the vicinities of Bratislava, Trnava and Ilava, Slovakian news site eTrend reported. The new service will use Slovanet’s existing 3.5GHz fixed WiMAX frequencies and newly deployed WiMAX 802.16e technology, and the company has stated the aim of deploying the upgraded WiMAX network to expand and improve internet services in areas where it would be inefficient to build copper or fibre-optic cable infrastructure, primarily rural locations. Slovanet acquired its WiMAX business, including nationwide 3.5GHz frequency licences, via the acquisition of specialist operator WiMAX Telecom in May 2011, which it merged into the parent telco in September that year, and it tested the 802.16e upgraded service during 2012.
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