Telnor has begun TESTING WiMax in San Felipe, specifically El Dorado Ranch. Bob Miller is one of the Beta Testers and below is a piece of a post from Bob which was made on the TSFG Yahoo Group.
Having been setup on Monday, with WiMax, NOT with Telnor’s personal, but the Contractor’s people (and I knew them both), I had a chance to talk to Senior “V”. I will now tell you all what I was told and my experience with the system so far.
But I think a bit of history is important here so some people do not misunderstand how just a very few set ups have been done. Warren SUNDQUIST (not Rezac) put this info on this site on October 5th, but it bears repeating:
From Wornout's Post: After the last developers meeting, when Telnor was present, Bob Miller, Larry Williams and myself went outside and had a meeting with Telnor. We told them we had all been in the business and would be willing to help with the beta testing and the roll-out. I have been in contact with Mr. Vega all summer and Bob was the only one of the three of us who was there when Gabe was ready. end.
The week prior was pretty hectic for me with the Supervisors meeting, SAFE, etc, as I was called 3 times to schedule an installation and I was not home to take the calls. I thought they would call again this past Monday and stayed home all day until around 4:30 pm when I left. And don’t you just know it, that is when they called, but my Mother had the presence of mind to tell them I was expecting them and to come on over. She then got in her car and went looking for me & found me at the Lemon Tree store.
The non Telnor installers arrived about 5:20 p.m. or so and here is what they did. Because the new cable is large, round, and black (technical terms), the existing wire for the “current” system will not work. Remember, this is a fast system and needs a bigger fatter wire (More technical jargon). A new type of antenna and mast pipe had to be installed leaving the existing Telnor antenna in place because, and this is important to understand - because the voice side of the new system (VOIP) was not YET working. The voice signal will piggyback (another technical term) onto the Wimax signal thereby eliminating the need for 2 antennas. Performing installations at this time is a lot of additional work and money for these supplies. This was not an unexpected expense for testing of the system. BUT ONLY FOR TESTING.
In my case, they had to run the cable an unusual way because the orange corrugated conduit inside the walls would not accept the new bigger wire with all of the turns in the conduit. Be forewarned!
Once the wiring is in place they simply attach an Infinitum Modem/router to the cable and power it up and you have the internet signal.
WHY ISN’T TELNOR OUT DOING INSTALLATIONS ALL OVER THE PLACE??
There are two (2) reasons for not announcing the new system and begin installations.
Remember, Telnor said that they would bring a new telephone system (voice) along with the faster Internet. The voice side of the system is not yet ready for use. That is why installations have not yet begun. This will change soon, but exactly how soon I do not know. They are working very hard to get this project finished and begin commercial installations..
Another reason for not doing installs is the speed has not increased past 1 mg. I signed up for a faster speed because of the calling minutes to the US. I continue to be patient.
Just understand this: the system is still in BETA mode. There will be no need for the “phone” box that those with phone service have on some wall in their casa nor the current phone antenna. HOWEVER, Telnor will be able to use that same mast to install the Wimax antenna and the new cable.
I just got an email from Mexicali Telnor. They are not totally ready to announce the new system. They want to have the new system working completely before they make that announcement and begin installations.
BE PATIENT, just a little while longer.
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