Berne, 26 February 2007
In April of this year Swisscom will start a field trial using the WiMAX communications standard in the community of Boltigen (Canton of Berne). This will be the first time that Swisscom will test the new technology since receiving the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licence in 2006. Using WiMAX, Swisscom aims to make fast Internet access available in locations where it is technically not feasible using a conventional fixed-line solution. Its installation in around 30 households will be free of charge for the community.
WiMAX is specially configured for high data rates. WiMAX is a communications technology which, like GSM and UMTS, supplies customers with voice and data services from a central antenna, which makes its particularly suitable for rural areas.
Swisscom experts will be supported by apprentices in the approximately 30 household installations. Testing this innovative technology has an additional advantage of allowing Swisscom the chance to offer its apprentices training in a future-oriented field.