Västerås Starts City-wide Wimax
The city of Västerås, west of Stockholm, is setting up a Wimax wireless Internet network covering the entire community. Those who don’t already have broadband access, for example rural residents, will be able to use the public wireless network.
The public electricity company Mälarenergi Stadsnät is responsible for the system, which will also be used to read electric meters, not just in Västerås but in three other municipalities as well. The newspaper “Ny Teknik” reports that using Wimax will be far cheaper than relying on the mobile telephone network, as is done by other electric companies. The system is being built by Mobile City, from Skellefteå in northern Sweden.
Initally the Wimax network will carry data a 2 Mbps in both directions, but higher speeds will be possible. Mälarenergi says it will cost households at most around 50 dollars a month.