Where to find WiMAX service in Germany: Televersa rolls out network in Bavaria

Televersa Online, a German telecommunications operator, will soon offer WiMAX service throughout Bavaria in Germany. The network will cover 20,000 square kilometers and serve 2.5 million people. Most of the region that Televersa serves is rural, making fixed WiMAX service a good alternative to wired DSL or cable (which is not available anyway in many parts of southeastern Bavaria close to the Czech and Austrian borders). Televersa’s wireless viaAIR service is designed to reach 95 percent of the region’s households and businesses (note: wired DSL connections are available to only 60 percent). For its WiMAX deployment, Televersa is using equipment from Proxim.

To give you an idea of what Televersa is charging today for wireless broadband service, here are their rates:

(1) Flying DSL Start 1000: 34.90 Euro incl. tax per month
DL 1024 kBit/s
UL 256 kBit/s
VoIP included
Volume: flat rate

(2) Flying DSL Take Off 2000: 40.90 Euro incl. tax per month
DL 2048 kBit/s
UL 384 kBit/s
VoIP included
Volume: flat rate

(3) Flying DSL Speed Up 6000: 59.90 Euro incl. tax per month
DL 6144 kBit/s
UL 512 kBit/s
VoIP included
Volume: flat rate

Televersa will publish their WiMAX subscription fees when the service goes live.

WiMAX shines in rural areas, not urban locations

Wireless service providers in rural areas cannot keep up with the demand for wireless broadband. Many residents and businesses are willing to pay a premium just to have access to a broadband connection, wired or wireless, but the costs of deployment can be very high especially in mountainous regions. Rural counties in the United States have been rolling out wireless broadband networks in cooperation with private companies, in an effort to encourage economic development and also attract second-home owners who want to stay longer and work from home. For rural areas, WiMAX is an excellent choice.

I believe that WiMAX will be much more popular in rural areas (and emerging countries where there is little wired infrastructure)) than in cities where people already have DSL and cable options. Nevertheless, companies such as Worldmax are offering service in cities such as Amsterdam where they are charging 30 EUR 10 EUR per month for 1 Mbps downstream/128 Kbps upstream (although in the first month you pay 30 EUR which includes the PC card).

The Netherlands is a challenging area for a WiMAX provider because it is small and densely populated, served by many DSL, cable and FTTH providers. The price competition is intense. In addition, people don’t want to go out and get yet another wireless card for their laptop, which one would need to gain access to Worldmax’s service. On the device side, there are no mass market portable devices with a WiMAX chip.

Related stories on WiMAX service in Europe:

Worldmax launches WiMAX service in Amsterdam

Related news on rural wireless broadband:

Racine County Wi-Fi: providing access where it’s really needed

Craven County, North Carolina goes wireless: rural Wi-Fi connects schools, towns

Cambria County, Pennsylvania launches countywide wireless network
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