SP AusNet goes WiMAX - 23 Oct 2009


SP AusNet signed an agreement with wireless broadband operator Unwired that will give it access to spectrum for the provision of smart electricity metering.

SP AusNet, as part of the Victorian Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Program, will provide sophisticated electricity meters to 680,000 households and commercial premises across Victoria over the next four years.

Under the agreement the company will gain access to part of Unwired's 2.3GHz spectrum in Melbourne to operate a WiMAX network. As part of the deployment SP AusNet will build a number of base station sites in Unwired's coverage area. This network would be utilised in any future 4G broadband.

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