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Global WiMAX interoperability effort underway

Posted: 28 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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In an effort to ensure that mobile WiMAX wireless products work well together and with other products globally, Intel Corp., Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks announced they are testing interoperability across Intel's forthcoming WiMAX silicon for laptops and mobile Internet devices, Nokia WiMAX devices and Nokia Siemens Networks WiMAX infrastructure equipment.

Nokia also said it will use Intel's WiMAX silicon product, codenamed "Baxter Peak" and designed specifically for mobile Internet and CE devices, in its forthcoming Nokia N-series Internet Tablets. The Internet tablets will be among the very first WiMAX-enabled open Internet devices expected to ship in 2008.

"WiMAX enables the mobile Internet and makes it possible to get content on a variety of new mobile devices at broadband speed, and our Baxter Peak solution is designed specifically for these exciting new devices," said Raviv Melamed, general manager of Intel's mobile wireless group. "Intel, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks all recognize our collective responsibility in ensuring that people can take full advantage of WiMAX. Simply put, the infrastructure behind the networks and the devices that access those networks must work together seamlessly."

WiMAX devices and equipment that have been tested for compatibility with each other will make it easier for consumers to roam from network to network with their Internet devices for an always-connected, mobile experience.

"WiMAX will translate into people being able to take their favorite Internet experiencesbe it watching videos, streaming music or doing research on the Interneton the go without compromising on quality," said Ari Virtanen, VP, Nokia Multimedia.

Intel, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks have already started testing their equipment and devices with dozens of other equipment vendors' products for interoperability and conformance with industry standards in Sprint's testing labs in the United States. Early interoperability testing between multiple industry partners will help reduce the amount of time required for their respective products to successfully pass through the technical requirements from the WiMAX Forum, thus accelerating time-to-market.

Intel and Nokia will continue to lead the effort with 500 other Forum members to deliver end-to-end specifications for global interoperability of WiMAX devices and infrastructure.

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