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Nortel, LG Electronics team on WiMAX solutions

Posted: 17 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:lg electronics? wimax? networking? telecom?

Nortel Networks Corp. and LG Electronics announced Monday (March 14) at CTIA Wireless 2005 in New Orleans plans to jointly develop and market WiMAX products.

In January, Nortel and LG Electronics (Korea) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint venture to provide leading-edge telecom equipment and networking solutions to Korea and other markets globally.

The companies' global WiMAX strategy leverages Nortel's expertise in carrier packet networking and OFDM/MIMO (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing/Multiple In, Multiple Out) technologies with LG Electronics' mobile telecommunications and digital convergence expertise.

Nortel and LG will develop WiMAX solutions based on the 802.16e standard and the WiMAX networking specification, currently under development within the WiMAX Forum. The companies are planning customer WiMAX 802.16e trials the second half of 2006.

Nortel believes that the combination of OFDM and MIMO can be realized in 802.16e and WiMAX. These technologies provide greater spectrum efficiency, which is needed to scale wireless broadband systems for large numbers of users and high data throughputs.

IEEE 802.16e is a point-to-multipoint broadband wireless access standard that will support fixed, nomadic and mobile wireless broadband connectivity without requiring direct line-of-sight access to a base station. In a mobile deployment, WiMAX-based solutions can deliver wireless broadband data with cost-effective macrocellular deployments.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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