A city-wide WiMax trial begins in Canterbury next month, ahead of an anticipated commercial launch in September.

The trial, following on from a pilot that began in January, is a collaboration between Telabria and the University of Kent.

It will test aspects of WiMax including licensed and licence-exempt frequency bands, antenna configurations, network capacity and routing protocols, quality of service techniques and the interoperability of different vendors' pre-WiMax hardware, according to Telabria.

The summer's trials will include tests of IP telephony and wireless video conferencing as well as data, the company said. Telabria will deploy a WiFi network in the Canterbury city centre for public Internet access, and will test building-to-building connectivity for off-campus student housing. Ultimately Telabria wants to deploy commercial WiMax services throughout the county, the company said.

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