UK Gets 36Mbps Wireless Broadband

Libera, a UK company aiming to reach 75% of the country’s business with wireless broadband, will shortly be offering a 36Mpbs service in London Docklands. The service goes live in July, and will be rolled out to Greater London by summer 2005. Subscribers can choose connectivity anywhere between 1 and 36Mpbs – making it the fastest in the world for the time being.Libera’s network is carried on the 28GHz band of the radio spectrum, one of the rare instances of that band being used.

Paul Momtahan, marketing director, emphasises the high tech nature of the network: “if they need more bandwidth we can turn it up, if they need less, we can turn it down”.

Libera are not commenting on the pricing of their service yet, but expect it to compare with business SDSL connections.


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Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?