VIA NET.WORKS Receives National WiMAX-Licence
and Starts Operations in Zurich and Geneva
October 24, 2005
ZURICH, Switzerland and SHANGHAI, China, -- VIA NET.WORKS
(Switzerland) Ltd., a company of Solution24 AG, receives national
WiMAX test licence by the Swiss authorities. VIA NET.WORKS will be
carrying out WiMAX pilot operations in Zurich and Geneva.
The planned area-wide covering of WiMAX will be supported by Chinese
companies - VIA NET.WORKS is conducting negotiations with Chinese
carriers and investors, in order to acquire WiMAX concessions in other
European countries and set up WiMAX networks. VIA NET.WORKS is already
the sole European provider with direct IP data connection to China.
"WiMAX will be leading in wireless IP access with broadband capacity
and VIA NET.WORKS will have a major impact on this market", Franz
Grüter, chairman & CEO of VIA NET.WORKS explains.
"Currently test operations are being carried out in Zurich and Geneva.
Our plans for the near future are to establish an area-wide covering
of WiMAX and offer a range of WiMAX services in the European market",
Aldo Britschgi, COO & CTO of VIA NET.WORKS adds. "The wireless
products complement our successful Hosted Exchange products, where we
already offer Mobile-Office and Mobile-Mail" Aldo Britschgi says.
"WiMAX merges internet access, telephony as well as information supply
and is becoming a "fixed" wireless access for all end-applications
such us email, telephony, TV, E-Business, data access, entertainment,
etc.", Franz Grüter and Aldo Britschgi explain. Both agree: "The
future belongs to the wireless IP world!"
VIA NET.WORKS has been dealing with the WiMAX technology since
beginning of 2004 and therefore possesses a clear headstart. The
planned set-up of an area-wide WiMAX network in Switzerland and other
European countries will be carried out in cooperation with Chinese
investors, engineers and telecommunications providers. By the end of
2006, there will be a country-wide WiMAX network in China.
The WiMAX radio technology has high potential to break the current
telecommunications monopolies and to offer alternatives to the
"Last-Mile". Furthermore, WiMAX offers inexpensive wireless broadband
access and outshines GPRS and UMTS offers. Alternative carriers like
VIA NET.WORKS can now provide services in areas, where they weren't
able to bypass the monopolist connections, recovering their expenses.
VIA NET.WORKS (Switzerland) Ltd. is an internationally targeted full
service Internet-Provider for professional LAN and WAN solutions
designed for the high demands of its customers. The independent
Gigabit IP Network (AS1836) with multiple redundant interworking and
sophisticated datacenters fulfils highest standards as much for
national as international customers in IP-VPNs, MPLS, WiMAX, Mobile
Office, Mobile Mail, Hosted Exchange, VoIP Internet Telephony and
International Business: Full Service Internet- and IT-Provider - We
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