Bezeq tests WiMAX in Negev

Bezeq tests WiMAX in Negev
Globes - August 29, 2005
by Guy Hadass


The test is being conducted among some Bedouin communities in the Negev.

Bezeq (TASE:BZEQ) began testing WiMAX technology a week ago, after obtaining a Ministry of Communications license. WiMAX provides telephony and high-speed Internet services in remote areas lacking wireline communications. The test is being conducted among some Bedouin communities in the Negev.

Minister of Communications Dalia Itzhak and Bezeq CEO Amnon Dick today met Bedouin leaders in the Negev. Dick outlined the company’s plan for high-speed telephony and Internet access within a few weeks for Bedouin communities and neighborhoods, as part of the test.

For the purpose of the test, equipment and an antenna with a 30-kilomter radius coverage was installed at the Rahat switchboard. The wireless system being tested will provide broadband access at up to four megabyte per second (Mbps).

Bezeq said that the Ministry of Communications had promised it an allocation of special WiMAX frequencies soon.