Broadband's Next Wave: Wireless?

DSL and cable have won the early battles, but a new, relatively low-cost technology called MMDS could soon come on strong

On May 8, a small Nashua (N.H.) company called Spike Broadband Systems announced a $400 million contract to build a wireless broadband-access system for Denmark's second-largest mobile-phone company, Sonofon. The first deployment of a such a system for an entire country, Spike's effort will use a new technology called MMDS (multichannel multipoint distribution system) fixed wireless that allows phone companies to deliver services to the homes of individual users over rooftop antennas mounted anywhere within a 30-square-mile radius of a powerful cellular-transmission tower.

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