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Pipex Wireless becomes FREEDOM4
Thursday 04 October 2007 18:05:39 by Andrew Ferguson

Pipex Wireless has been testing WiMAX wireless broadband access in Milton Keynes and Warwick. It expects to be rolling out its service to other areas including Manchester soon. In preparation of the roll-out Pipex Wireless is changing its name to FREEDOM4.

WiMAX is an exciting technology, requiring a new approach to broadband delivery, so the time is right to launch our services with a fresh brand [..] Over the next year, we believe that FREEDOM4 will become the name associated with broadband wireless internet and look forward to the next stage as our services are rolled out in Milton Keynes, Warwick, Manchester and other parts of the UK.

Mike Read (CEO), FREEDOM4

For those not in the initial roll-out areas, the FREEDOM4 website has a map showing the approximate locations currently planned for the next two phases of the roll-out.

Wireless broadband connections carry various attractions such as the not having to pay telephone line rental and the ability to relocate yourself without the need for expensive activation fees. The fact they are not based on the copper local loop infrastructure also means those who can only manage relatively slow broadband speeds of 0.5Mbps may benefit from faster access speeds.

Comments

Posted by danman7_200 over 9 years ago
Any on the speeds attainable using this? How well do you think it was compete with HSDPA?

Posted by danman7_200 over 9 years ago
*Sorry*

What are the speeds attainable?
Posted by normsland over 9 years ago
The probably thought about calling it Freedom2Surf but just remembered that they'd sold that brand to Tiscali ;). Hmm...
Posted by csimon over 9 years ago
Looks like it's a maximum possible of 1Mbps under good conditions. The web site mentioned a two-way symmetrical upload and download of "up to 1Mbps" and there is also another comment to the fact that it is "up to" 4 times the speed of ADSL. Well, if you count 256K then yes, 1Mb is indeed 4 times ADSL!

Since we know that you can usually halve any estimates that are specified as "up to", you're probably looking at an average of 512K.
Posted by ianwild over 9 years ago
Wimax cells can deliver in the region of 40Mbps per channel, but I imagine typical end user speeds will be 1 - 5Mbps. That depends on coverage, take-up and what the provider chooses to offer.

Really nice to see something happening on this one - I hope it works out!

Ian
Posted by ianwild over 9 years ago
Wimax cells can deliver in the region of 40Mbps per channel, but I imagine typical end user speeds will be 1 - 5Mbps. That depends on coverage, take-up and what the provider chooses to offer.

Really nice to see something happening on this one - I hope it works out!

Ian
Posted by ianwild over 9 years ago
Woops :-)
Posted by csimon over 9 years ago
We heard you the first time! ;-)
Posted by phish4 over 9 years ago
Pipex Wireles trialed this in Milton Keynes last year and had reported speeds of up to 8Mbs with sustained speeds of between 4.5 and 5 Mbs. Of course these were just trials and once live with more users on then it would probably be less than those speeds.
Posted by Gzero over 9 years ago
What I would like to see is what would the service be like for Gamers and other areas where QoS isn't able to support the clients packets (ie is ping between the source and client large under any load?).
Plus what is the loss like? And what encrpytion is in use in these commercial market?
Cheers in advance.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"WiMAX is an exciting technology, requiring a new approach to broadband delivery, so the time is right to launch our services with a fresh brand"
I couldnt agree more pitty Pipex staff know nothing about ADSL and if you call up with an issue with your WiMAX service i imagine it will confuse some that work their for the next 5 years. Service is a great idea, staff they probably have to support it another thing entirely.
Posted by davidt67 over 9 years ago
Another concern with WiMax is the security of your connection into the shared cloud.

Past experience with WiMax showed that each subscribe was not securely isolated from another...
Posted by Gzero over 9 years ago
Hmm scary, wouldn't like to be running my server on the same network, would be hard to tell what data isn't injected, which brings me to my second point: How do we know that the WiMax points are not going to be DDOS'd and replaced by a fake points that steals. :(
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