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There has been a lot of buzz about "fixed wireless'," the technology that sends Internet data via radio towers and roof-mounted receivers emerging as the biggest competitor to the cable/phone establishment. For those outside the reach of DSL or cable, fixed wireless may be the answer to near-real-time web access. But broadband wireless access (BWA) licensing is expensive, as is the equipment the connection is iffy, and the need for a line-of-sight connection between the transmission tower and roof-mounted receivers seems like a technological step backward. So the technology has been ignored and all but abandoned by established enterprise.
Of course, that is not the end of the story. While finance and the media are disappointed in BWA, the success stories of unlicensed BWA are largely disregarded. Aggressive entrepreneurs, CLECs and ISPS are not just producing systems, however; they are actually turning a profit on their initially modest investments. No license fees and less expensive equipment present an opportunity to make "fast" profits, often within a year from their first entry into the marketplace. This makes unlicensed BWA move much faster technologically and economically than licensed. While a substantial amount of BWA deployers are small, there are a great many of them. The great majority are in the 2.4 GHz band, but more acceptance is occurring at the 900 MHz, and especially the 5 GHz to 6 GHz bands, serving both commercial and residential customers.
While unlicensed is the entrepreneur's logical choice for local broadband presence, both the companies and the technology are overlooked because many of the carriers choose to maintain a low profile.
The Digital Media World exhibition, which runs from November 13-15th is hosting the Eighth Annual London Effects and Animation Festival (LEAF). LEAF showcases and promotes the best new work, skills and services of companies and individuals involved in the creative development of visual effects and animation. The presentation of the Award to ten winners and a screening of the best work of 2001 is to be held at the London Hippodrome during the exhibition. September 21, 2001 is the deadline for entries.