Ericsson, Qualcomm blocking WiMAX in Brazil

The long-running dispute between Brazil’s MMDS (multichannel multipoint distribution service) operators and 3G operators over mobile WiMAX deployment shows little sign of resolution.

Brazil’s 3G operators are apparently fearful that since they paid heavily for their licences in December 2007-a total of $3.4bn-it would be unfair if the country’s MMDS operators, using their 2.5GHz spectrum assets, were allowed to offer high-speed mobility services courtesy of 802.16e equipment.

3GPP lobby groups also no doubt feel that if Mobile WiMAX were to get a foothold in Brazil, it would leave little room for LTE. And Brazil is a big market to play for. It has a population of 190 million, is one of the strongest economies in Latin America, but still has fewer then ten million broadband connections.

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