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What is the meaning of "pockets" in the following sentence "Although Britain has only about 200 pockets of WiMAX services, the technology is expected to pick up after regulator OFCOM auctions spectrum next year and providers like BT back it."
Also, what is the meaning of "BT back it"? BT back up it?
Last edited by riverkid; 24-Oct-2007 at 03:44.
WiMax stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access and is normally used for wireless internet access. To connect to the Internet wirelessly there has to be a transmitter nearby. Each transmitter has a certain range (it works over a certain area).
"Pocket" can be used to refer to an isolated area. So you can live in a neighbourhood that is Italian with pockets of Croatians (there are Italians everywhere and small areas with Croatians).
In American football, the quarterback stays in the pocket while waiting to throw. The pocket is the area that his teammates protect from opponents who surround the area trying to get it.
The pocket in your example is the area that people can access the Internet over WiMax. Outside the area, you can't get a wireless connection.
BT is British Telecom, a telephone company. If BT were to "back it," BT would support wireless internet over WiMax.
I wish to amend my posting to what Olli said.
Olli, is WiMax different than Wi-Fi?