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on April 21, 2010   |   1 comment had the pleasure of interviewing Kelvin Lee, Senior General Manager of Green Packet Berhad. He highlighted Greenpacket’s latest home WiMAX modems along with his take on the future of the WiMAX industry.

1. How do the latest modems differ from the ones Greenpacket released at the WiMAX Forum Congress Americas in December 09?
The EX series is a part of our cost-effective range of WiMAX modems that specifically caters to the residential market segment which according to 4GCounts, accounts for 68% of WiMAX subscribers.

This is why the EX series is engineered to fulfill the fundamental broadband need of home users by offering one LAN and one VoIP port. Single users do not need to pay for what they do not use. However, they are still empowered with a choice of connecting a router to the modem if they need more ports.

There is also cosmetic difference between the EX series and the DX and UH series that we launched last December.
The benefits of our new cost-effective range also extend to Operators as they now have an option to lower their subscriber acquisition cost and the flexibility to expand their service offerings for diverse market segments.

It has to be highlighted that being cost-effective does not mean that the performance of the new modems is compromised in any way. The cost-effective range is still fully geared towards the delivery of high quality wireless broadband through the little attention to detail we put in that makes a huge difference. For example, WiMAX Forum specifies a level of receiver sensitivity and Greenpacket’s EX modems surpasses that mark by 7.5dBm.

2. What market segment are you targeting with the release of these new modems?

The EX range is targeted at Operators requiring basic modems as the cost for it is effective in reducing their OPEX for mass WiMAX rollout. This includes the pre-paid market segment for residential use. The EX range would also allow Operators to create packages that are price sensitive or create a wider range of packages to suit different connectivity needs of their customers.

3. Can you highlight the new features and capabilities of your latest modem?

Featuring data and voice ports, the EX series deliver superior indoor performance. This is possible via a high gain antenna which improves the reception of WiMAX signals, multi-directional omni antenna which allows flexibility of device placement and, Switched Transmit … Read the rest

on April 20, 2010  

The WiMAX Forum appointed Frank Farjood as their new Chief Operating Officer. Oksana Davis became the Corporate Secretary and was appointed to General Counsel. These two individuals will be located in the new San Diego office.

Farjood will  be the day-to-day manager for the WiMAX Forum, overseeing the operational, tactical and strategic objectives for the WiMAX Forum. Farjood served as the vice president of global professional services at Nortel Networks. He spent 13 years with Lucent Technologies managing wireless system deployments.

“We are fortunate to have Frank as our COO,” said Ronald Resnick, President and Chairman of the WiMAX Forum. “Frank’s background in the telecom and wireless industry, coupled with his disciplined approach to execution makes him a perfect fit for the Forum.”

Davis will advise the Board of Directors on legal and corporate matters. Davis practiced law with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, specializing in business, technology and corporate matters.

It’s an infusion of new blood into the WiMAX Forum. Both appointed officers have plenty of experience in the wireless sector. The WiMAX Forum will continue to expand and oversea the deployment of WiMAX networks worldwide, along with certifying the latest WiMAX-enabled devices.… Read the rest

on April 19, 2010   |   3 comments

Thailand will grant WiMAX licenses in February of 2011, according a report from the country. The National Telecommunications Commission’s board appointed Natee Sukonrat to look into granting the licenses. It will be similar to the granting of 3G licenses in the 2.1GHz frequency.

The spectrum won’t be given away until early next year because of the research necessary. The NTC must study the impact of granting the licenses and see how they can take the spectrum space back from state agencies that are currently using it. Since late 2009, the NTC’s debated granting WiMAX licenses in the 2.3GHz frequency. TOT owns a bandwidth of 64MHz and military agencies use 30MHz, while CAT owns 4MHz bandwidth within the 2.3GHz frequency.

It showcases the ability to embrace the 4G technology and develop as a country. WiMAX can provide super fast internet to remote locations in Thailand. WiMAX helps foster the learning experience by bringing high speed internet to places where it wasn’t available .

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on April 19, 2010 had the pleasure of interviewing Craig Newmark, founder of . Craig established one of the most visited websites, Almost everyone with a computer has browsed one of craig’s sub pages looking for a job, apartment or missed connection. He presented the idea of an online marketplace that’s completely free and patrolled by users. He still stays true to the original idea of an open marketplace where people can trade without being blasted by advertising and other offers.

1. How did the idea for craigslist come about? Has it remained faithful to its original mission?

Pretty much everything at craigslist (note lower case c) arises from community feedback. I just started in 1995 with a simple events mailing list, and listened and did what people say they need and want. That continues to this day, under the leadership of Jim Buckmaster.

2. What is your reaction to the success craigslist has had?

It feels good that we’ve helped tens of millions of people helping each other out. It’s flattering, that (we’re going) back (to) do work, working (at) customer service.

3. How do you feel about being regarded as a revolutionary web entrepreneur? Do you view craigslist as a business, like say, Amazon or eBay?

I’m not revolutionary, not an entrepreneur, not a visionary or anything like that. I guess I am more of a community organizer. Craigslist is a community service and a business, that simple.

4. What do you think distinguishes craigslist from similar concepts that haven’t been as successful?

I don’t know of any others, but craigslist was built on the intention of helping other folks out and that remains our focus to continue to treat people like we want to (be) treated.

5. What are your thoughts on looking to craigslist as a social and political model? Is self governance something you believe in outside of the web?

Tens of millions of people have used craigslist, and they’ve seen there it’s easy to help each other out, to connect, and that continues elsewhere, like on Wikipedia. I strongly believe in self governance, and the consent of the governed.

6. As a site that has been largely consistent, what do you see for the future of craigslist? What do you see as the future for self governing and collaborative sites in general?

Future of craigslist is more of the same, adding more cities … Read the rest

on April 19, 2010   |   1 comment

The iPad doesn’t come with any kind of protective case. The additional case costs consumers $40. Most iPad owners are seeking out an alternative that doesn’t take as much out of their wallets.

Sprint offers an interesting bundle package in their accessories store. The 4G Case is designed to hold your iPad, plus the 3G/4G router from Sprint named the Overdrive. It’s a WiMAX modem that connects to 4G broadband wherever the service is offered. Connect five devices to the Overdrive, plus it has a fail safe to connect to a 3G network when the device isn’t in a WiMAX market. The 4G Case offers a sleek, stylish way to protect your iPad while providing you with a high speed wireless connection.

It’s a creative add-on for iPad users located in one of the 28 WiMAX markets in the U.S. There are other ways to connect your iPad to the internet without having to pay for the 4G service. The MiFi 2372 works with most U.S. carriers. Simply take your SIM card from your phone, plug it into the MiFi and you have 30 feet of wireless internet cloud around the device. There is also a European version of the MiFi 2352, and a specific version just for Verizon, the MiFi 2200.

These are all viable options when looking for a way to connect your iPad to the internet. The 4G Case from Sprint is a good accessory for iPad users. It’s inventive and should help push both WiMAX and the iPad. Would it really be worth it if you’re not located in a 4G WiMAX market?… Read the rest

on April 16, 2010  

C-motech released its latest WiMAX/EVDO dongle using Beceem’s latest chip. The device is a third generation development between C-motech and Beceem. It’s based on the BCSM350 chip, an innovation from the chip maker.

“C-motech has developed and launched the original 4G-WiMAX/3G-EVDO dual-mode product, and — in working with C-motech — we have built key know how when it comes to improving the user experience during handoff between the 4G and 3G networks. Our new BCMS350 chip delivers a seamless hand-over solution,” Dave Carroll, vice president of sales for Beceem Communications said.

The Beceem chip offers continuity and connection handover that makes it easy for a connection to go from 4G WiMAX to 3G basic cellular network. C-motech uses this feature to provide a multi-mode modem solution for its end users.

“We are 4G-WiMAX dual-mode pioneers, and we could not have achieved our success without the close collaboration with Beceem,” said Michael Choi, director of sales and marketing at C-motech. “In adopting Beceem’s new BCSM350 chip for our next generation dual-mode modem, we know that we have the right 4G chip partner to extend our leadership in the dual-mode product space.”

Beceem’s latest chip seems to be in every dongle that’s going to be out for WiMAX this year. They’ve pioneered the WiMAX chip in a lot of ways and the integration of their latest means that they are an integral part of the WiMAX market for years to come. They deliver simple chips that include 3G/4G connections. This advanced feature providers operators with the opportunity to offer devices in markets that don’t have WiMAX yet, but soon will.… Read the rest

on April 16, 2010  

Towerstream purchased Sparkplug Communications assets in Chicago and Nashville. The WiMAX operator expanded its foot hold in Chicago. Nashville became the company’s 11th market. It’s expected net is around $1.3 million to the coffers.

Towerstream bought all customer contracts, network infrastructure and related assets for $1.6 million in cash and common stock.

“Our ability to quickly close this transaction will enable us to begin recognizing revenues generated from the acquired customer base,” stated Jeff Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have designed a plan to quickly integrate Sparkplug’s ten Points of Presence (PoPs) in Chicago into our existing network. We plan to leverage our expanded market coverage to increase our scale and accelerate growth of our high margin recurring business.”

Towerstream expects this to be a big boon for their emerging company. By purchasing other assets, they’ll quickly become one of the larger niche WiMAX operators in the U.S. They’re more focused on specific markets without the goal of expanding nationwide. Towerstream was one of the earliest operators to recognize the value of WiMAX, deploying it in 10 markets. By expanding in Chicago, it gives them a larger presence in the third largest market in the U.S.

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on April 15, 2010 recently interviewed Johan Terve, the Vice President Marketing for Aptilo Networks. The interview focused on the innovative WiMAX Connector device that was recently used in Aviat’s launch in India.

Can you give us an overview of the Aptilo WiMAX Connector in terms of technical specifications and applications.

The Aptilo WiMAX Connector is a plug-and-play solution that allows operators to deploy WiMAX quickly and conveniently while utilizing existing broadband OSS/BSS infrastructure – infrastructure that does not natively handle WiMAX.

The WiMAX Connector seamlessly links the award-winning Aptilo WiMAX AAA+ core to any existing LDAP, Active Directory or legacy AAA user databases.  It dynamically maps the subscriber services described in the existing OSS/BSS into WiMAX 16e service flows required by the ASN gateway.

The Aptilo WiMAX Connector also allows operators to use their existing subscriber sign-up, provisioning, billing and other processes with the new WiMAX service.  This minimizes capital and operating expenses on new or upgraded OSS/BSS systems, new processes, training of staff, and maintaining and operating new OSS/BSS equipment.

The WiMAX Connector can also be used by WiMAX network operators to connect multiple virtual WiMAX operators that have no WiMAX capabilities.

What is the typical target market for the Aptilo WiMAX Connector?

There are really two main targets:

  • Broadband operators that seek a fast and convenient path to integrate a WiMAX network with their existing OSS/BSS back-end – a back-end that does not natively handle WiMAX.
  • WiMAX operators that want to start wholesale of their WiMAX services to multiple broadband service providers and connect them through the Aptilo WiMAX Connector as virtual WiMAX operators.

How does it fit into Aptilo’s development strategy in 2010?

This fits well with our overall strategy to provide solutions that make it easy, fast and cost-effective to deploy wireless services in a multi-access environment.

Is there any objective in terms of sales (US and international) for the Aptilo WiMAX Connector?

We believe this type of functionality will be attractive to a very broad market segment, which includes large tier 1 operators like BSNL (who deployed the solution via an implementation with Aviat Networks) to smaller ISPs as well as WiMAX network operators that want to wholesale their services to virtual WiMAX operators.… Read the rest

on April 15, 2010  

Vee launched commercial WiMAX services in Taichung City, Taichung County and Kinmen County in Taiwan. Motorola supplied the WiMAX equipment necessary to launch the service. Vee claims to be the largest network in southern Taiwan.

Vee was awarded the spectrum space in July 2007 and the licenses lasts six years, covering the southern section of Taiwan.Vee plans on expanding and upgrading the network at a later stage of deployment. Vee now offers quadruple technology services in Taiwan.

“With the new high-speed mobile service, Vee TIME Corp. has become the leading quadruple play service operator in Taiwan, enabling us to provide not only high quality communication services, but also innovative digital media offerings across different platforms,” Vee TIME Corp said “Motorola’s state-of-the-art WiMAX solutions and professional services team ensured a high quality and quick deployment of the advanced network. Its expertise and experience in other WiMAX projects around the globe were invaluable. With this deployment, Motorola has helped us better fulfill customer demands and create innovative solutions for our subscribers.”

Motorola set up three of the six WiMAX networks in Taiwan. Motorola’s Network delivers integrated and customizable solutions for WiMAX deployment worldwide. They’re committed to WiMAX and LTE solutions that allows operators to meet profit goals along with developing future technologies.

“We are excited to implement a world-class WiMAX network to help realize Vee TIME Corp.’s digital media convergence vision. The consumption of rich media mobile content is increasing, and consumers and business users are adopting a new mobile lifestyle. The new WiMAX services supported by Motorola’s technology and services team will provide Vee TIME Corp. with a competitive edge in this emerging, fast growing market,” said Dr. Mohammad Akhtar, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Networks business in Asia Pacific.

It’s impressive to see another network in Taiwan being set up. It’s quickly becoming an important WiMAX market with a large customer base that’s very tech savvy. Taiwan could become a blueprint for how WiMAX could be adopted by advanced nations like the U.S. and India.

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on April 14, 2010  

Aqaba Water Company has chosen Proxim Wireless to deploy their equipment to connect AWC’s water wells network in Aqaba-Jordan. Proxim provided point-multipoint and point-to-point wireless equipment that creates a private wireless network. The technology connects all the wells to a centralized control and data acquisition network.

The automated SCADA network connects all components of the water wells for monitoring and control. AWC saved over $422,000 USD in initial investment and about $21,000 USD annually in operating costs.

“This network is extremely important as it provides the basis of our automated water treatment and management system for the entire Aqaba region. Therefore, we had to select a networking solution that would provide the utmost performance, security and value,” said Eng. Mwafaq Alawneh, Technical Support Manager for Aqaba Water Company. “Proxim’s equipment was the only solution that could provide similar performance to leased-line networks, but at a fraction of the cost. As a result, Proxim has provided us with a network that provides extremely high availability while saving us thousands per year.”

The SCADA deployment uses Proxim’s Tsunami MP.11 and Tsunami QuickBridge. The entire system is managed centrally by the ProximVision ES Wireless Network Management System. It provides AWC a complete view of the wireless network. By choosing wireless over land lines, the deployment process is a lot faster than land line installation. It allows for AWC to control water flows and levels throughout the system. AWC and ACMP will deploy additional Proxim systems to connect offices, buildings, pumping stations and the water treatment plant. The second phase includes a wireless surveillance for the monitoring and security of both buildings and systems.

“At Proxim, our wireless broadband ecosystem enables high-performance connectivity for a broad range of systems because we provide a broad portfolio of wireless options to choose from. For deployments like AWC’s network that require a mix of both PtMP and PtP wireless connectivity, Proxim is a natural selection,” said Nishchal Batra, Sales Director, Asia & Middle East for Proxim Wireless. “Proxim provides the high performance comparable to wired leased-line systems, but with a much greater ROI, manageability and ease of deployment.”

It’s another example of developing WiMAX solutions to help municipalities and utilities companies set up smart grid technology. The savings provided by wireless high speed internet allows developing countries to deploy WiMAX for a myriad of reasons. To use the technology in schools or connect surveillance cameras providing … Read the rest