The 4G wireless network was officially launched by Mada Communications in Jordan on Monday, confirming that headway is being made toward increasing internet penetration in the country since its initial implementation. The network is based on Motorola’s WiMax 802.16e technology and can offer download speeds reaching 8Mbits/s. The network was built on the company’s unique Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbone, which has more than 170 wireless sites within the kingdom and a wide variety of dedicated wireless and fiber internet connectivity options.
This most recent development demonstrates real growth and progress of WiMax in Jordan. Just last March, Mada Communications and Motorola partnered on the commercial launch of an end-to-end 802.16e-based WiMax network, offering customers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) voice and high speed data through broadband wireless services. At the time, the services were only available to wireless internet subscribers in Amman, Irbid, and Zarqa with hopes of major growth elsewhere. Presently, barely nine months following the initial launch of WiMax in these three areas, the network has expanded to also cover Aqaba, Madaba, Jerash, Salt and the Dead Sea.
CEO of Mada, Charles Hage, told reporters that the network will cover more major cities in 2010 and mentioned that by the end of next year, the 4G wireless network will cover 90 percent of the country. Hage added that the network will help increase the rate of internet penetration which currently stands at 28 percent.… Read the rest
Mena Telecom has signed up more than 33,000 WiMAX subscribers after a year of commercial operations.
It was the first company in the world to launch a nationwide commercial network using WiMAX mobile technology, said its chairman and KFH-Bahrain CEO Abdulhakeem Alkhayyat.
Alkhayyat also added that it had recently increased capacity by an additional 50 percent to accommodate the subscriber base. The company offers packages for both home and business users with speeds of up to 15Mbps.… Read the rest
Stratos Global Corp has been selected as the winning bidder for two of the three geographic zones for 2.5 GHz broadband radio service in the Gulf of Mexico. This will allow Stratos to cover approximately 90 percent of the structures and platforms in the three auctioned areas.
With the radio frequency, the company can provide both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint services to consumers. These services are ideal for fixed rigs or platforms, work boats and other vessels, and a wide range of mobile communications applications, with speed and bandwidth similar to those of DSL and cable lines.
In the past two years, Stratos spent 6 million dollars by investing in upgrades to expand the functionality and resilience of its microwave network. The company hopes to offer WiMAX services in the third quarter of 2010. It is in the process of selecting equipment vendors and working with potential customers to design, customize and prioritize its WiMax network.… Read the rest
Sprint is a global leader in cellular communications.
Sprint provides wireless internet services under the Xohm(R) brand, supported by an ecosystem of device, chip and other partners, including Intel, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung. The company has also selected Google to bring search, interactive communications and social networking tools through a new mobile portal to future WiMAX mobile Internet customers.
The Xohm brand has already been recognized as an industry leader in providing mobile internet to its users. Sprint paired with Amidocs, which supplied Sprint with software and services, to launch Xohm in 2007.
Sprint offers 4G network coverage in markets such as Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Las Vegas and Dallas/Fort Worth Texas. Sprint continues to lead in WiMax coverage by offering 4G coverage. It recently paired with Comcast, Time Warner and Intel to help Clearwire fund and launch a WiMax initiative that will create a national WiMax coverage area.
Company Type: Public, NYSE-S
Location:6391 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS
President and CEO: Daniel Hesse… Read the rest
Time Warner Cable is a global leader in providing television, phone and internet service. Its launch of Road Runner Mobile in three markets in North Carolina on December 1 showcases WiMax technology.
Below are some of the WiMax services that Time Warner offers:
- Road Runner Mobile 4G National Elite gives customers the freedom of unlimited access to both Time
Warner Cable’s 4G Mobile Network and a national 3G network
- Road Runner Mobile 4G Elite gives customers unlimited access to the Time Warner Cable 4G Mobile Network
- Road Runner Mobile 4G Choice gives light users 2GB of service on the Time Warner Cable 4G network each month
Time Warner Cable will expand its 4G Mobile network by adding WiMax including Dallas and San Antonio TX and Honolulu and Maui, HI. It partners with other communications providers to help launch WiMax networks around the U.S.
Company Type: Public: NYSE-TWC
Location: 60 Columbus Circle, 17th Fl. New York, NY 10023
President and CEO: Glenn A. Britt… Read the rest
Ceragon Networks Ltd is a provider of high-capacity LTE-ready wireless backhaul solutions. Ceragon, whose President and CEO is Ira Palti, was established in 1996 as a member of the RAD Group of companies under the name “Giganet”. Its US headquarters was opened in 1999 and its European headquarters in 2000. Ceragon provides high-capacity microwave Ethernet and TDM wireless backhaul solutions to wireless service providers as well as private businesses. Its solutions are designed to deliver voice and premium data services. They market their solutions under the FibeAir family brand and shipped its first FibeAir product in Q4/1998.
Ceragon has a customer base of over 150 service providers and hundreds of private networks. They have numerous sales offices located throughout North and South America, EMEA and Asia, handling direct sales and their solutions are deployed in nearly 100 countries across the globe.
In October 2009 Ceragon announced that they will be entering the WiMax industry, by providing WiMax backhaul to North America.… Read the rest
VMAX Telecom, awarded WiMAX operator permit by the National Communications Commission of Taiwan on July 26, 2007, is composed of and supported by an influential lineup of shareholders, containing Teco Electric & Machinery, Tecom and Vibo Telecom to form a technically strong and financially solid team for providing WiMAX service in North Taiwan.
VMAX Telecom, aiming to be the leading WiMAX service provider in Taiwan by providing customers anywhere, anytime with any devices the High Speed Internet Access, IPTV, VoIP, Online Games, LBS (Location Based Service) as well as the variety of Innovative value added services/applications, is building a customer oriented wireless broadband network that will deliver services to improve the quality of life and work productivity with performance at affordable cost.… Read the rest
UQ Communications was founded during August 2007 by several major companies in Japan to acquire a 2.5GHz license and launch Mobile WiMAX services. KDDI owns 32.26% of the company, followed by Intel, East Japan Railway, Kyocera, Daiwa Securities and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. UQ Communications has been founded with a combined capital of 17 billion Yen.
UQ Communications is a new company that says it is expanding its employee count to be able to maintain its aggressive wimax rollout plan. It’s majority shareholder KDDI is Japan’s second-largest mobile operator, with more than 15,000 employees and revenues of Yen3.6 trillion in the year ended March 2008. UQ Communications has received a licence for 30MHz of spectrum at 2.5GHz for a nationwide rollout during December 2007. Having received the only mobile WiMAX licence in Japan, UQ Communications is obliged to launch a service three years after the licence has been awarded, and provide 10% and 50% population coverage within 3 and 5 years respectively. UQ Communications will also be obliged to open up its network for third party service providers acting as MVNOs. There is increasing interest from potential MVNOs and that it is in discussion with several companies in the field.
As of July 2008, UQ Communications has not yet announced the number of installed base stations, but the company hopes to officially launch its 802.16e-2005 services during July 2009, after a commercial trial starting February 2009. The initial rollout will take place in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, covering 50% of the Japanese population, and will be followed by a nationwide rollout to cover 85% of the population by the end of 2011. The operator will then extend its coverage to fill-in blackspots by 2013.
Speaking at the WiMax Forum Congress Asia event held in Singapore, Takeshi Tanaka – president of UQ Communications – unveiled UQ’s upcoming wimax roll out plan in April 2009. He also criticized the existing 3g cellular internet capacity and the high early termination fees levied by mobile operators on customers wishing to exit their two-year 3G contracts. UQ has been achieving up to 16Mbps on the downlink and up to 3.9Mbps on the uplink since free trials of the wimax service began in February 2009. The trials are taking place in Tokyo, Yokohama and Kawasaki using 600 Samsung base stations. UQ is the first major mobile WiMAX operator to use FFR (fraactional frequency reuse), which can … Read the rest