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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Motorola delivers on WiMAX

Remmy Nweke

United States-based wireless and broadband communications leader, Motorola, has delivered on its Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) expectations as the telco bagged the best WiMax world award for industry innovation.

The award which was presented by the Xchange magazine and Trendsmedia, said that the telco was recognised for its aggressive leadership in bringing WiMAX to market by unveiling its first generation portfolio of WiMAX Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) at the WiMAX world held recently in the US.

Motorola also featured its first live mobile WiMAX demonstration using its Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) 25400 access points with diversity antenna techniques to perform handoffs to a WiMAX end-user device.

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Networks & Enterprise, Mr. Dan Coombes, noted that the telco has been at the forefront of delivering complete end-to-end WiMAX solution and services to meet operators’ ever-growing demands for bandwidth, simple networks and mobility.

“Mobility is the key to delivering what consumers, enterprise and governments want - personal broadband services and experiences that match what they have at home or in the office while they are out in the world,” he declared.

Pointing out that operator’s interest in and commitment to WiMAX has continued to grow, especially in the US.

He cited an instance, that in the United States, Motorola has been selected by Sprint Nextel as a vendor for its nationwide WiMAX network, while Clearwire also selected Motorola’s WiMAX technology for its nationwide broadband network.

Mr. Coombes further said that Motorola is actively engaged in delivering WiMAX equipment to support 18 market trials globally, and currently is deploying a nationwide 802.16e network in Pakistan.

Stressing that Motorola’s portfolio of WiMAX devices on display at WiMAX World included the outdoor CPEo 200 series unit as well as indoor desktop units from the CPEi 200 Series, the CPEi 400 Series, and the CPEi 600 Series.

These Motorola WiMAX desktop CPEs, he explained, are easy to install with “plug and play” functionality.
In addition, the event featured multiple antennas that support advanced diversity techniques coupled with multi-antenna operations at the access points, provide excellent range, throughput, and indoor penetration.

Available features include integrated Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), remote antenna options, robust security and full Quality of Service (QoS) support.

The full range of Motorola WiMAX devices on display at WiMAX World, he said, is scheduled to be available for trials in fourth quarter of this year, 2006, with general availability within the first half of 2007.

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