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WiMAX vendors gearing up for product release

Posted: 14 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wimax? wireless isp? telecom?

With the start of official certification testing for WiMAX equipment nearing, vendors used last week's Supercomm trade show in Chicago to show off the wares they hope to sell to wireless ISPs and telecom operators.

For instance, Aperto Networks announced its PacketMAX equipment, which will operate in the 3.5GHz portion of the spectrum. The company said that it also intends to release products that run in other portions of the spectrum, specifically 2.5GHz and 5GHz. Spectrum issues relate directly to the countries in which WiMAX products can be sold since different countries and regions have different portions of spectrum available for various types of wireless communications.

Israeli vendor Alvarion showed off its BreezeMAX products that will operate in the 2.3GHz and 2.5-2.7GHz range, products aimed specifically at the North American market. IT said it expects to start field trials by the end of 2005. Another vendor that showed off WiMAX equipment are Redline Communications.

Interoperability and certification testing for WiMAX, sponsored by the WiMAX Forum, is slated to start in early July in a laboratory in Spain. The industry expects certified products to be available to wireless ISPs (WISPs) and large telecom operators starting at the end of 2005.

A number of WISPs already offer pre-standard WiMAX service. However, interest is also growing among larger telecom operators. For instance, BellSouth said this week it expected to launch pre-WiMAX service in one market this summer. Other telecom operators, such as Sprint and AT&T, have also said they are likely to roll out WiMAX service.

- Mobile Pipeline Staff

Mobile Pipeline

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