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NEC claims cornerstone in Mobile WiMAX certification

Posted: 18 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PasoWings? mobile WiMAX solution? core networks?

NEC Corp. has released its first mobile WiMAX solution, PasoWings. The equipment brings the assurance of ITU and IEEE accreditation and marks a cornerstone in certification of Mobile WiMAX standard, said NEC.

NEC has been shipping equipment worldwide during 2007 and has carried out key trials in Japan, Taiwan and other countries. The Tatung network is one of the first networks rolled out under the Taiwan-sponsored M-Taiwan project. The network is viewed throughout the WiMAX industry as a medium to promote the use of WiMAX technology.

Through on-going trials and commercial deployments, NEC will continue to focus on developed and developing markets worldwide. Supporting both 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz frequency ranges allows the solution to support both mobile and fixed operators. The inherent agility in the system means that fixed and mobile business cases in WiMAX are no longer mutually exclusive.

"WiMAX is a strategic part of NEC's broadband wireless solution portfolio and this launch demonstrates our potential to bring stability and realism to a fast moving and open area of the business," said Nobuhiro Endo, associate senior VP of NEC.

NEC recently received an order from Tatung Co. in Taiwan to deliver its first commercial WiMAX system. NEC plans to actively participate in future trials, and to secure new orders for commercial systems based on its performance in Taiwan.

PasoWings, which provides end-to-end solutions, is comprised of subscriber terminals (CPE) such as PCMCIA cards that are inserted into PCs; products such as base stations and antennas, and application servers such as user authentication servers or user positional information management servers.

PasoWings can be combined with network products like backhaul systems for connections between base stations or between base stations and core networks (switches), or SIP servers that enable IP phone services to be offered via WiMAX networks. NEC said that its solution provides all of the elements required for the construction of communication carriers' networks in a single package.

The first products will be shipped to customers in December, with networks being rolled out in early 2008.

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