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Huawei to provide solutions to KACST WiMAX lab

Posted: 09 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Saudi Arabia and Intel Corp. have selected Huawei to provide the Wireless Technologies Research and Development Center with base stations, access network gateway, authentication servers and other hardware, as well as software solutions.

Huawei will provide the solution for building an access and core WiMAX network in the lab. The center aims to use these equipment to showcase WiMAX technology, test interoperability and optimize network performance to guarantee effective operation of various client end-user devices on operators' WiMAX networks.

"We are pleased to be hosts for each of Intel and Huawei in their signing of the memorandum of understanding, which represents an important milestone towards the launch of the Wireless Technologies Research and Development Center," said Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, VP for Research Institutes at KACST.

Abdulziz Al-Noghaither, general manager of Intel Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called on telecommunication companies in the region to make use of the services that will be offered by the center. "The center has become ready for telecommunication companies operating in the region to benefit from its services and the field consultancy it offers with respect to WiMAX technologies. We hope that the center would actively contribute towards supporting wide use of WiMAX technology throughout the Middle East, Africa and Turkey," he said.

KACST will host the center, whose operations will expand to serve the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, making it act as a hub for other branch laboratories that may open in the region to collectively work on the challenges facing the dissemination of networks. The center will conduct validation for WiMAX infrastructure equipment and terminals, interoperability testing, studies for performance optimization, pre-certification for qualified products and experimentation with new WiMAX services and applications.

The lab will also make use of methods from other regions to help stimulate new innovative ideas for network deployment in the region. The lab will emphasize WiMAX mobility and broadband coverage problems in the region and other challenges such as validation of end-to-end network deployment.

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