UK telecom and internet company Pipex has announced it has successfully delivered WiMAX services into Milton Keynes.

Currently in the pilot phase of the rollout, the first trial customers have successfully been connected to the WiMAX network in Milton Keynes.

The company claims the wireless technology will help make Milton Keynes one of the UK’s most connected new cities, enabling both businesses and residents to access broadband and IP-based services over multiple local networks and technologies.

Pipex Wireless and Milton Keynes Council have signed an agreement to work closely together to ensure that the trial succeeds in achieving its objectives. Activities to identify additional infrastructure to offer wider commercial services during 2007 have already begun.

With no customer-based, fixed infrastructure required, Pipex Wireless’ WiMAX service enables broadband to be rapidly installed at customers’ premises or homes and via hotspots around the town. Offering increased symmetrical broadband delivery, WiMAX is ideal for remote workers and users who need to send large volumes of data, such as architects, graphic designers, web managers and new media agencies.

Steven Jewell IT head at Milton Keynes Council said: "We expect, the capability that WiMAX will be able to provide to remote and home workers will be an essential element in the established growth plans for Milton Keynes. This is a significant building block towards delivering ‘digital’ Milton Keynes and is an integral part of the Milton Keynes Digital Challenge bid."

Milton Keynes was chosen to be the first rollout town as its telecoms network has a relatively high proportion of poor quality and long reach copper wires, thereby limiting the potential for residents and businesses to access ADSL broadband services.

In collaboration Pipex Wireless and Milton Keynes Council plan to make services available to Milton Keynes residents on a commercial basis in 2007, with other cities around the UK planned for launch later in the year. Pipex Wireless will announce product details and tariffs in the New Year. Milton Keynes residents interested in becoming part of the Pipex Wireless WiMAX trial can register their details at www.pipexwireless.net