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Pre-standard WiMAX Service Launched In Chicago

Wireless broadband provider TowerStream said Tuesday it has launched fixed wireless service in the downtown Chicago area.

The system uses pre-standard 802.16, or WiMAX, equipment developed by Aperto Networks, according to Mike Manning, a company spokesperson.

Because WiMAX-certified equipment isn't yet shipping, the company technically can't say it is complying with that standard, Manning said.

"They're just getting a jump on it," Manning said. "They'll be WiMAX certified when the time comes."

Vendors such as Intel have said they'll be shipping WiMAX-complaint hardware in the second half of this year.

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