OK, enough raving about websites that have complicated my life. Back to the business at hand. I had a long and interesting talk with Aleksandrs Rutmanis the head of Unistars, a wireless internet provider and the object of an effort to reallocate the company's 3.5 to 3.6 GHz frequencies (see the earlier post). Unistars is also going to start offering WiMax on its network, though on a less well-defined schedule that Telecentrs, which is trying to get a piece of the frequencies.
WiMax will be the main means of moving into the residential and private market for Unistars and also to offer businesses a degree of nomadic services (nomadic being you can move your wireless modem and PC to another, even distant location and reconnect your always-on broadband network there, which doesn't quite work with DSL or other wireline technologies).
As for the spectrum issues, Unistars says that its network architecture (multiple base stations and "cells", frequency re-use) explains why it needs the all the frequencies and channels that it was allocated in 2000 (and must extend now). Other operators, they say, use a simpler approach with one large cell covering, say, much of Riga from the television tower.
Time to educate myself about all this WiMax stuff so I can figure out the angles here.
In any event, it appears we will have a WiMax (mini?) boom on the horizon in Latvia if both companies go ahead with their plans (and some spectrum is found for Telecentrs).