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Global Mobile, NextWave launch WiMAX trial in Taiwan

Posted: 06 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Taiwan WiMAX trial? mobile WiMAX? multimedia services?

Taiwan WiMAX operator Global Mobile Corp. and NextWave Wireless Inc. have entered a joint technology collaboration to make end-to-end mobile WiMAX solutions a reality for the global market.

The firms will set up a comprehensive WiMAX field trial and demonstration network in Taiwan to provide Global Mobile's end-users a robust, personalized mobile experience through the delivery of next generation mobile multimedia services, including mobile TV, interactive media services and digital audio.

Global Mobile inked the strategic cooperation agreement with NextWave to drive innovation and the delivery of next-generation mobile broadband communications in. By conducting a mobile WiMAX field trial utilizing NextWave's WiMAX products and technologies, Global Mobile will accelerate WiMAX momentum through the delivery of new and innovative multimedia services to its customers.

"A significant goal of our technology collaboration with NextWave Wireless is to establish a leadership position in delivering next-generation, WiMAX-based mobile multimedia services to end-users; further extending our international competitiveness in the WiMAX field," said Rosemary Ho, chairwoman, Global Mobile. "We are dedicated to providing our customers with 'anywhere, anytime, any device' offerings that give them a more robust and innovative mobile experience. We believe that by working with NextWave, we will strengthen our core capabilities to speed our move to WiMAX."

The solutions to be leveraged in the trial network will include NextWave's MXtv technology, a mobile multicast and broadcast solution that has the potential to drive greater revenue potential through higher average revenue per user. MXtv is completely compatible with the current IEEE 802.16e standard, and is designed to lower the cost of offering high quality, mobile broadcast services to subscribers. Additionally, as part of the field trial, Global Mobile will implement a complete end-to-end system of NextWave's new V5 base transceiver station and ASN gateway platform, providing both business and operational support systems and a seamless migration path that supports Wave 2 WiMAX.

Critical to the end-to-end Mobile WiMAX vision is bringing innovative devices to market that are designed to maximize consumer multimedia consumption, and accelerate the pace for mobile WiMAX deployment. As part of the joint market development activities, Global Mobile and NextWave will identify and plan for innovative WiMAX-based devices designed around NextWave's "No Compromise" NW2000 WiMAX chipsets. These devices will include fixed customer premises equipment, PCs (embedded and/or add-on), mobile handsets and consumer electronics devices such as personal media players, mobile Internet devices and portable navigation devices.

"We have created a turnkey mobile WiMAX solution that we believe should transform the economics of deploying WiMAX globally," said Allen Salmasi, president and CEO, NextWave. "Offering a complete solution from network infrastructure to device components, we are igniting the international mobile WiMAX arena and enabling operators, like Global Mobile, to be at the industry's forefront by rapidly and cost-effectively deploying solutions that can change the way end-users consume mobile broadband and multimedia."

The trial comes on the heels of the recently formed Consortium of Mobile Broadband (CMB), a new group organized to facilitate and accelerate the development of WiMAX in Taiwan. Led by Rosemary Ho, CMB seeks to strengthen cooperation among WiMAX licensees through providing for a number of important objectives such as network sharing, including base stations, division of labor required for international cooperative projects and stepping up communications with Taiwan's regulatory agencies.

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