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GigaBeam launches wireless service in Spain

Thu, 09/13/2007 - 8:08am
Mike Robuck

GigaBeam has landed in Spain for the first time with a contract to provide its wireless service to an unnamed university.

GigaBeam’s wireless service, which it calls WiFiber, will be used by the university as part of an ongoing project conducted by the company's partner, F2-Tel, Ingenieria de Telecomunicacion.

GigaBeam’s goal is to retrofit major metropolitan areas around the world with its wireless technology that is able to use existing telecom infrastructures to provide broadband speeds equal to 1,000 DSL lines. GigaBeam connects directly to a city’s fiber-optic hub or a point-of-presence to provide its links.

"I believe Spain represents a large and potentially lucrative market for our WiFiber family of products," said Louis Slaughter, chairman and CEO of GigaBeam. "We see new regions coming on a regular basis and it is exciting to see that our first sale in Spain is also a major university."

GigaBeam’s products operate in the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz upper millimeter wave spectrum bands. The Federal Communications Commission and the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and other countries have authorized this portion of the spectrum for licensed wireless commercial use.

The company counts Google, Sprint, the Department of Defense and several cities and universities among its customers in the United States.

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