Brussels working on new wireless internet project

14th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The Brussels regional government is moving to further promote the use of wireless internet.

14 March 2006

BRUSSELS — The Brussels regional government is moving to further promote the use of wireless internet.

Following the installation of 20 hotspots where the public can surf the internet for free, the capital's regional authority is now examining Wimax, the new generation of wireless internet.

Initially, Brussels will award a public tender contract for the installation of Wimax at the Plaineuniversity campus, the joint campus of the linguistically separate ULB and VUB.

The system is expected to be operational by the start of the new academic year, newspaper 'Le Soir' reported on Tuesday.
 
After an evaluation, the responsible government minister will then decide whether the system should be made available across the entire capital region.

WiMAX is a standards-based wireless technology that provides high-throughput broadband connections over long distances.

It is similar to WiFi in concept, but has certain improvements aimed at improving performance and could permit usage over much greater distances, online dictionary Wikipedia said.

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Subject: Belgian news

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