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Covad, which makes a living wholesaling DSL connections to the likes of MCI, Speakeasy and Earthlink is likely to deliver on its long-promised (pre-WiMax) fixed wireless network later this week, sources say. Covad is expected to announce that it is going after three markets – San […]

Covad, which makes a living wholesaling DSL connections to the likes of MCI, Speakeasy and Earthlink is likely to deliver on its long-promised (pre-WiMax) fixed wireless network later this week, sources say. Covad is expected to announce that it is going after three markets – San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas and Los Angeles – sometime this week.

The service is likely to be a wireless T-1 scale offering, something that is already available from TowerStream and NextWeb in a few of those markets. Google’s plans for Free WiFi, Covad, Tower Stream, Sprint and Verizon EVDO, and a choppy Cingular UMTS – – SF Bay Area has a lot of broadband wireless options. Now if somehow the fixed wireless services could be delivered to consumers and not businesses at an affordable price, things could get interesting. It also makes me wonder if there are issues with delivering the fixed wireless service to a large number of consumers.

I find that even wireless T-1 connections being offered by TowerStream and NextWeb are simply too expensive: $500 a month, when you can get cheaper deals from their wired brethren. I think this market needs some competition. Covad has been conducting trials for almost a year, and it was at last Web 2.0 conference Covad folks gave me a low down of their fixed wireless plans. Earlier there was word that company was going to launch this service in first quarter of 2006.

Light Reading says that Covad was testing “pre-WiMax” OFDM products since the fall of 2004 using four 5.8GHz base stations in San Jose and Oakland, Calif. It had been able to squeeze 5 megabit/second speeds on their network, the article adds.

  1. With pending WiMAX the google idea just seems like a NoOP (unless they do WiMAX).

    That said what we need is real choice.

    Back in 2002 or so I was SOOOOOOOOOO happy to have Ricochet. I actually thought that it was a turning point in my life that I’d never be without the Internet again. I had been waiting for this point since I was 15.

    I’m 29… it’s 2005… and I still don’t have it.

    WTF!

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  2. Etheric Networks (www.etheric.net) does really high speed wireless broadband across the bay area for way less than $500 a month unless you want REALLY high speed wireless. And they provide broadband in a lot of the rural areas that can’t get connectivity any other way (like my house in the santa cruz mountains, yay.)

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  3. [...] Covad has snapped up fixed wireless company NextWeb and will use its infrastructure in five key markets – San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County (CA), Santa Barbara and Las Vegas. The deal is pegged at about $24.7 million – $4 million in cash and rest in stock. That’s three times 2004 sales of $8 million. So as reported earlier, Covad has made its fixed wireless intentions pretty clear. In Unwired and Asides Posted Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at 11:06 AM PT [...]

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  4. Back in 2002 or so I was SOOOOOOOOOO happy to have Ricochet. I actually thought that it was a turning point in my life that I’d never be without the Internet again. I had been waiting for this point since I was 15.

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  5. I love you all!!!

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  6. [...] network and eventually launched the service in the San Francisco Bay Area. I got so excited I wrote about that service again and again. And today comes the news that there won’t be any Covad Wireless. TelePacific, a [...]

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