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No Wires In South Florida?

What is it about Florida and particularly south Florida? The place is lousy with fixed wireless ISPs.

Yet another, ClearAccess Communications Inc. of Bradenton, recently launched service in the southwest.

ClearAccess is targeting business users in "emerging markets" — which it defines as a mid-sized U.S. cities with a population less than 500,000.

It offers a suite of services that include dedicated broadband wireless Internet access and data transmission from 128 Kb to 10 Mb, and Web production, hosting and filtering.

Customers who sign up right now for a year of broadband Internet access get free installation, free wireless network equipment and a free network server — supposedly worth $3,495 in total.

Monthly fees for wireless Internet access range from $199 a month for 128 Kb to $8,099 per month for 10 Mb (with a one-year contract).

The copmany is using both 2.4-GHz and 5.8-GHz radio equipment, from Cisco and Western Multiplex among others. It has three of a planned 30 hubs in place now.

ClearAccess so far covers from Pasco County to Naples, and east to Polk County. It intends to provide service to businesses throughout west central and southwest Florida during the third quarter of 2000.

The company plans to expand to select regions throughout Florida in early 2001 and in emerging markets throughout the Untied States in late 2001.

Fuzion and Adaptive Get Serious

Speaking of Florida wireless companies, Fuzion Wireless Communications, a service provider we wrote about recently because of its unusual strategy of using license-free UNII (5.8 GHz) radio spectrum, is stepping up its roll-out in Latin America.

The company's radio equipment supplier, Adaptive Broadband Corp., announced recently that it had signed a $100 million contract to supply Fuzion with additional AB-Access fixed wireless broadband equipment.

It brings to more than $200 million the total Fuzion has committed to spending on Adaptive gear. Adaptive was one of the first and is still a leading supplier of UNII equipment.

"We invested a substantial amount of time looking at a wide array of fixed wireless broadband solutions before selecting AB-Access for our international expansion," says Fuzion president and COO Dave L. Frank.

"High reliability is especially important in Latin America, an area prone to heavy rainfall and extreme weather."

"Our previous success deploying AB-Access in 10 markets, including South Florida, is one of many attributes that makes Adaptive Broadband's platform a natural choice."

The AB-Access platform combines a packet-on-demand technology and time division duplexing and offers data transmission at rates up to 25 Mbps.

This means it can provide the capability for voice, real-time video conferencing, transmission of full streaming video, Web surfing, and transmission of data files — all simultaneously and over one connection.


Meanwhile Up North

Another new broadband wireless access provider recently launched service in the former British colony of Upper Canada — whose citizens, by an odd coincidence, swell the population of south Florida each winter.

FastViews Wireless Webservice Inc. of Vaughan ON (just north of Toronto) "markets and deploys broadband fixed-wireless Internet access solutions primarily to businesses in select, underserved domestic and international markets."

FastViews also announced recently it has chosen the LMS2000 (2.4 GHz) wireless Internet access platform from WaveRider Communications Inc. of Toronto.

FastViews will install two LMS2000 systems to provide high-speed Internet services to customers in Cobourg, a small city just east of Toronto, and Vaughan.

"We conducted a comprehensive review of available technologies to find the best products to meet our customers' existing and anticipated requirements," says FastViews president and CEO Guy Toksoy.

"WaveRider's LMS2000 technology, combined with its commitment to service and product support, will ensure the most reliable wireless connections available."

WaveRider, meanwhile, recently announced a much bigger coup in the land of the Red Star.

China's Radio Regulatory Department of the Ministry of Information Industry has approved WaveRider's NCL1135 wireless bridge and router for sale and installation in China.

The approval lets WaveRider finalize sales agreements with existing customers in China. The company has also filed with the Chinese agency for approval of its LMS2000 product.


Not That There's Any Doubt

Finally, not that there's any doubt fixed wireless is taking off like a rocket, but we note with interest that BreezeCOM, an Israeli-based supplier of wireless networking equipment, was recently named by the influential Red Herring magazine as one of the "Top 100 IPOs of 2000."

Last year, BreezeCOM was one of the magazine's "Top 50 Private Companies." It went public in March. The latest honour was bestowed in the magazine's annual "Top 100" issue.