Denver telecommunications company Formus Communications will appoint a general manager for its New Zealand operation within the next two weeks.
Formus, which bought five of the six lots of 28GHz radio spectrum auctioned by the Ministry of Commerce in February, plans to deliver LMDS (local multi-point distribution services) such as high-speed Internet access to the local market.
In June the company will announce details of a commercial trial of its high-bandwidth integrated voice, video and data technology in Auckland.
In the US, WNP Communications (a company in which Formus is a minority investor) has successfully picked up 40 radio spectrum licences, with a potential customer base of 100 million users. Through its investment, Formus will participate in technology trials in the US.
Clear Communications, which bought one lot of 28GHz radio spectrum, announced last week that it will use LMDS to deliver ISDN, ATM, Internet and frame- relay, managed networks and standard tele-phone service. It will announce trial locations in five weeks.