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Unwired commences Melbourne rollout

Unwired commences Melbourne rollout

Unwired has broken ground on a new wireless broadband network in Melbourne.

Unwired spokesperson, Amanda Wallace, could not confirm how long the rollout was expected to take, but said the initial phase would be similar in size to Sydney. The first part of the Sydney network had taken about six months to build.

"The first areas should not be too long away," she said.

Unwired would establish base stations in the inner city first, eventually broadening out the network across all of Melbourne, Wallace said. Specific details about the extent of the network and which sectors go live first would be announced closer to launch.

In a statement, Unwired managing director, David Spence, said there was pent up demand for its service from users wanting to roam between Melbourne and Sydney. It was also Australia's second largest city, making it the next most viable choice.

The Melbourne rollout would be funded out of the $37 million in capital provided by Intel last year.

Wallace said $15.7 million of this had already been used for its spectrum swap with Austar in August. The money was expected to cover both capital and operational expenditure.

At the time, Unwired announced it was committed to creating a WiMax-enabled wireless broadband network across Australia. WiMax promises to offer users access speeds of up to 70Mbps, and boasts of a range of 35km.

Wallace said it had no concrete plans on rollouts across other capital cities at this stage.


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