6Mbps/3Mbps WiMax: $55

TDS Telecom (see our user DSL reviews) today announced that they've launched WiMax wireless broadband service in Madison, Wisconsin. The party, which has been testing the engineering in employee homes, says the service will be accessible to some 65,000 customers in the Madison region. Click for complete size TDS is offering three residential tiers: 2Mbps/1Mbps for $45, 4Mbps/2Mbps for $50, and 6Mbps/3Mbps for $55.

Customers can make VoIP service with 30 minutes of lengthy length per month and limitless local calls for another $5. VoIP with 300 minutes of lengthy length is another $10 on side of the cost of just Internet, and VoIP with limitless lengthy length is another $15 on side of the cost of Internet.

TDS is too offering symmetrical job tiers ranging from 2-4Mbps that begin at $129 per month. The party notes that 3Mbps is now the fastest upstream velocity accessible in Madison. According to the party, the service is accessible to anyone within two miles from the towers on the southwestern and eastern sides of the metropolis.

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Indicating that richer countries have almost reached saturation point with the present generation of the technology, while China and India have yet to see a comparable explosion in always-on users

Data from the broadband analysis group Point Topic, based in London, shows that in the third fourth of last year the amount of international broadband connections grew by 4. 72%, to 328.8m, compared to a 5.16% growth in the past fourth.

"The wealthy countries have got broadband - there are none of them left behind any much, explains Tim Johnson, the party's father and publisher. "But new sources of increase such as China and India have gone through a speedy stage and penetrated the intermediate course, but aren't almost saturated in terms of the amount of users.

That may be down in those cases to geography more than demography, for both countries have potentially enormous middle classes, who are paid well enough to afford a broadband connection but might be too far from an equipped exchange to be able to get it. "India has perhaps 200 million middle-class people, but quality of service is very variable," says Johnson. "It's arguable how many of them can get broadband at all. And it's similar in China."

However, another analysis company, Strategy Analytics of Boston, forecast that there will be more than 1 billion "discrete users" worldwide by the end of this year, assuming that the number of broadband connections grows to 391.4m by the fourth quarter, with an average of 2.58 people using each one.

"The upcoming year will commemorate a significant milestone in broadband acceptance," says Ben Piper, manager of its broadband networks strategies service. He forecasts that the Asia-Pacific area will head the reality in terms of overall users, with subscription increase of 27% his year, and emerging markets accounting for much than 60% overall broadband use.

Point Topic's figures for last autumn display that North America was the alone area to rise more rapidly than previously, adding 3. 29Successuch broadband connections (upward from 3. 14 134521488n the second fourth. Eastern Europe yet leads the reality in percent increase, with its subscriber home growing by 11%, with Russia, Romania and Poland leading the manner.

The figures do not distinguish between copper-based ADSL broadband, whose velocity is limited to between 8 and 24 megabits per second, and fibre-based broadband where speeds can hit 100Mb/s. "What's happening less quick than we would need is the rollout of fiber," Johnson says. "It isn't doing what ADSL did, where there was big increase a few years ago. In terms of fiber, it's in about the same spot as ADSL was in 1998; it's not getting place in because of the price. The need initially for ADSL was because it made a big disagreement to what you could make on the internet. Fibre doesn't still make that.

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Canadian wireless operator Craig Wireless is promising to bring a broadband alternative to New Zealand following the purchase of spectrum rights last month.

Craig Wireless chief executive Boyd Craig said for competitive reasons he could not disclose specific details of the company's plans, but the intention was to build a wireless broadband network using WiMAX technology throughout New Zealand.

At the Government auction of spectrum in the 2.3 and 2.5 GHz bands last month Craig Wireless paid $1.05 million for 40MHz of spectrum in two separate lots.

The spectrum becomes available from 2009 and has "use it or lose it" rules. Companies do have the option of trading the spectrum when the 40MHz acquisition limit expires in 2012.

"We can't do anything immediately," said Craig. "But once we do we'll have great spectrum. We're going to have a bunch of deployments behind us in terms of that technology."

"I think we're going to kick arse in New Zealand actually," said Craig.

Originally a family-owned broadcasting business, brothers Drew and Boyd sold out in 2004 for C$264 million ($332.7 million) after a disastrous expansion into the Toronto television market, retaining a small telecommunications business.

Craig Wireless listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange last September via a reverse takeover having raised C$40 million from a private placement.

It's not the first time Craig Wireless has been in the New Zealand market.

Boyd Craig was a director and shareholder of wireless operator Woosh up until five years ago.

In 2000, Woosh - then Walker Wireless - paid $6.5 million for spectrum in the 2.3GHz band from Craig Communications. Craig had purchased the spectrum several years earlier for $1 million.

Craig said he was still in regular contact with Woosh chairman Rod Inglis and let Inglis know he was bidding on spectrum in opposition to him.

He described being back in the New Zealand market as "a dream come true".

Woosh also bid in the auction, securing 35MHz of spectrum for $650,000 which it will use for WiMAX deployment, beginning in Hamilton.

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The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, wants to choose a contractor for a domestic fibre-optic web, offering nominal speeds of 12 megabits a second - by June, allowing for building to start by the conclusion of this year.

The Government has proposed outlay $4. 7 billion as region of a public-private partnership but Telstra has opposed taking region in a multilateral venture. Pressure is building on the Government to issue the details of a framework for a web so that companies can present bids by June.

An ABN Amro telecom analyst, Ian Martin, said that although the Government might discover a manner to make without a multilateral venture, it would baulk at the cost of $80 to $90 per month per cable that Telstra would need to accuse its competitors for approach to the web. "We wear't view sufficient popular soil between the Government and Telstra on approach prices for this matter to be resolved this year," Mr Martin said in a study.

"We don't see enough common ground between the Government and Telstra on access prices for this issue to be resolved this year," Mr Martin said in a report.

"Unless the Government baulks on … broadband access price (which seems to us unlikely) we are likely to be in the same place with respect to a high-speed broadband roll out in 12 months as we are now, and maybe for the next two to three years," he said.

ABN Amro said the status quo suited Telstra because of the cash flow it generated from existing fixed-line and broadband services.

Merrill Lynch also believes a start date will be delayed until mid-2009 because "disagreement with Telstra over pricing makes the current timeline impractical".

The agent believes the fibre-optic web, an important matter in the original Government's schedule, will go five years to construct. Some analysts think Senator Conroy will permit Telstra to end its territorial CDMA mobile telephone web on January 28. The shutdown has caused dismay among nation customers who are concerned the successor NextG web is substandard.

We wear't think this is such a leading matter for the Government that it would receive a showdown with Telstra, Mr Martin said. Senator Conroy has said the Government will not permit Telstra to shift away the CDMA web until the reporting on NextG is at least as better. He is payable to have a resolution on Monday.

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