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ABC waits for 38 GHz gear to drop in price, forges ahead in the 3.4 GHz band

News | 10/02/2000 4:00 am EDT

High equipment prices for 24/38 GHz equipment is forcing at least one recent licence winner to launch its wireless Internet access service in the 3.5 GHz band as an interim measure. ABC Communications of St. Quesnel BC, which last year won the higher frequency spectrum licences (RoW, Oct. 18/99), says gear in the 38 GHz band costs about US$50,000. President Bob Allen says that’s too expensive for deployments in smaller urban and rural areas.

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