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Johanne Torres[November 10, 2004]

Speaking Easy in WiMax City


Broadband services provider Speakeasy announced today it will begin beta testing its new Broadband Wireless Access (WiMax - define - news - alert) service in metro Seattle, which will include testing coverage, customer demand and related broadband business applications.

Subscribers to the Speakeasy service will be able to access the broadband network from practically any point within the test area. Speakeasy will be accessible within the Seattle downtown core including Belltown, Pioneer Square, Lower Queen Anne and Lake Union. Speakeasy selected Seattle as the test city because the company says it has a challenging geography and intense business demand for broadband services.

Through this WiMax-enabled effort, Speakeasy will allow its users to place calls using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology and enjoy other broadband data services, with its network differentiator Voice Quality (VQ) Technology, which prioritizes voice over data traffic. By using WiMax—an industry standard for wireless communications, Speakeasy will have the potential to expand broadband coverage from the current WiFi range of 300 feet to up to 30 miles.

The service will allow the company to deploy a cost-effective wireless solution to a broader geographic footprint and customer base. The service will initially offer speeds of 3.0 Mbps (download and upload) and will include a service level agreement ( SLA) for mission critical business applications, along with a dedicated business account manager, which is standard for all business customers.

"Speakeasy's test of WiMax in Seattle is truly groundbreaking and we are thrilled to introduce a new era of broadband access to the region," said Speakeasy CEO and President Bruce Chatterley. "Whether it's WiMax, VOIP or OneLink DSL (a.k.a. dedicated or naked DSL), Speakeasy continues to be at the forefront in promoting progressive usage of broadband services. This service is ideal for business customers looking for high performance, quick installation and first access to a compelling technology."

Today’s announcement follows Speakeasy’s receiving a strategic investment from the Intel Communications Fund, managed by Intel Capital, to help expand network endeavors related to this new wireless technology two months ago.


Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]


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