BellSouth became the latest of the major telephone companies to launch a test of fixed wireless high-speed broadband services on Monday.
The company said it is conducting a trial of the service in Daytona, FL. Verizon and Sprint also are conducting fixed wireless broadband trials.
BellSouth is exploring whether wireless broadband might be a means of providing high-speed services to areas where traditional landline services aren’t deployed and can’t be on a cost effective basis.
BellSouth’s trial will include up to 100 participants across an area of approximately 150 square miles.
Trial participants will use a small desktop wireless unit that connects to PCS through either Ethernet or USB ports.
BellSouth is using equipment from Navini Networks.