LMDS Wireless: The Broadband Solution

XO Cites Success in California LMDS Trials
1/14/04, Broadband Wireless Business

XO Communications Inc. issued an announcement that it has conducted successful trials of its broadband wireless access service in San Diego and Irvine, Calif., serving dozens of customers.

As reported in an article by Dan Sweeney in the November/December 2003 issue of Broadband Wireless Business magazine, XO used LMDS fixed wireless technology from Ensemble Communications in its San Diego and Irvine deployments.

“These trials could be a very meaningful breakthrough for XO,” said Carl Grivner, XO’s CEO. “In that XO can reduce ‘last-mile’ costs, XO can become even more price competitive than it is today for business customers. Additionally, this will allow XO to compete in the multi-billion dollar last-mile market for carrier customers that now use the local RBOC [regional Bell operating company].”

Additional trials will be needed before a national rollout of the fixed wireless service can be undertaken, according to Grivner.

XO holds fixed wireless spectrum licenses that cover 95 percent of the U.S. population in the top 30 cities.

XO’s fixed wireless service offers three times more bandwidth to customers compared with the cost of a traditional dedicated T-1 circuit, according to XO’s announcement. Additionally, XO can provide high-speed Internet and Ethernet services to customers in just days, while it would take weeks or months to get such services from an RBOC.

XO’s tests of its fixed wireless network showed burstable bandwidth capabilities ranging from 1 Mbps to more than 20 Mbps.

XO offers a complete set of telecom services, addressing local and long-distance voice, data access and Internet access, Web hosting and other communications needs.

-- Kurt Mackie