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on February 23, 2010  

Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu spoke at the WiMax Analyst Event during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. He talked about Globe’s history of WiMax deployment in the Philippines, it being the first and largest mobile WiMax network in Southeast Asia. Globe offers WiMax in over 160 towns and cities in the Philippines.

Globe finished 2009 with over 715,000 users, growing revenue to P3.3 billion last year. Globe will upgrade its existing capacities, along with expanding coverage and signing up more customers for its 3G, DSL and WiMax services.

Globe began WiMax tests in 2005, beginning services in 2008. It was the first network in the 2.5 Ghz frequency broadband network in Southeast Asia.… Read the rest

on February 23, 2010  

Moblic unveiled its inaugural product, the E7, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It is a mobile Internet device that is WiMax enabled and includes the gaming,QWERTY keyboard and a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen. It has 8 gigabytes of storage with a MicroSD card expansion slot as well.

Currently there is no pricing, operating system or release date for the device, but in the future it will be perfect for gamers and those looking to stay connected to the Internet while on the go.

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on February 23, 2010  

Asiaspace WiMax Sdn Bhd hopes to sign up 3,000 to 5,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2010 in Malaysia. ‘Amax city’ will be the first virtual city within Technology Park Malaysia to allow unlimited online access to services and facilities using the Internet.

The project known as “Amax city” was set up by Asiaspace WiMax and is the first that will use the MIMOS WiWi Technology platform. It is a hybrid solution that combines mobile WiMax and WiFi technology, operating on the 2.3 GHz frequency and offering a Broadband solution for the general population.

The coverage area, Technology Park Malaysia, spreads out across 700 hectares of land and includes universities, colleges and  major businesses. Asiaspace WiMax offers commercial services through amax WiMax and offers coverage for 20 percent of the population in the Klang Valley.

Malaysia is quickly becoming a strong WiMax market. P1, the commercial arm of GreenPacket, recently announced it’s plans for 2010.

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on February 23, 2010  

The WiMax Forum has approved Runcom’s Pico and Base Station product. It completed the WiMax Forum Wave-2 Certification process.

The base station is heavy duty and able to withstand outdoor conditions. It is upgradeable and can go from 2×2 MIMO to 4×4. It can also upgrade to support LTE, multi-frequency band support, and up to 20MHz bandwidth.… Read the rest

on February 22, 2010  

Kayentis is using Sprint’s 3G/4G USB modem in the pharmaceutical and health care industry in Philadelphia.

The new 3G/4G WiMax service lets users gain access to data and thus be more productive  while on the go. This new service also allows users to browse the web from anywhere within the network. Sprint WiMax service began in Philadelphia on October 25,2009.

“Communicating by our North American executives with each other and with our pharmaceutical customers has been greatly improved with the use of the Sprint 3G/4G broadband cards,” said Guy Maestre, vice president, North American Operations, Kayentis. “The new e-mail and data exchange speeds that we see when acquiring research data, RFP information, and accessing our applications in our central servers through the Web are truly remarkable.”

WiMax is valuable in health care because data-rich information like X-Rays and medical records must be accessed and transferred  quickly during emergencies. Many equipment suppliers are also setting up smart grids and other services for municipalities to share data. It can accelerate the approval of clinical trials for pharmaceutical products, helping emergency waiting-list patients that need the newest pharmaceuticals or transplant.

“Sprint 4G will be a major shift in the way businesses use bandwidth-intensive mobile devices and offers a glimpse of the future of wireless technology for an eager market,” said Todd Rowley, vice president, Sprint 4G.

“Sprint 4G customers will enjoy a blazing-fast mobile broadband experience and much higher quality video conferencing, not to mention flexibility with IT spending by using 4G as a primary or backup connection rather than a wired T1, which costs more and takes longer to install.”

Sprint owns a controlling interest in Clearwire Corp. Clearwire owns the spectrum space necessary to launch WiMax. The company hopes to have WiMax networks available in Houston, Boston, New York and San Francisco by the end of 2010. Sprint will look to expand its market share by being the first to offer high speed mobile connection before its competitors can roll out existing LTE networks.

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on February 22, 2010  

7Netlayers Telecom, a major Iraqi telecoms operator established in 2008, just launched a mobile wireless broadband network in Kurdistan. Chinese equipment vendor Huawei Technology will use their complete WiMax solution to provide wireless broadband services for students, SMEs, and large corporations at download speeds of up to 18Mbps.

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on February 22, 2010  

Cairo-based Mobiserve just announced that Dubai’s WiMax metro network has been completed and implemented. Commuters will have internet access on all Wi-Fi enabled devices including smartphones and laptops, with average broadband speeds at stations reaching 4Mbps and backhaul speed onboard trains reaching 2Mbps. Installed by Du, this network is the first mobile WiMax network to be launched in the United Arab Emirates.

Mobiserve, a solution providers for telecommunication and engineering services, started working on the project in June of 2009 and was able to complete implementation on over 20 stations city wide over the course of three months.

“As the Middle East’s first rail line Wi-Fi enabled network, Dubai Metro’s WiMax network marks a real evolution in Dubai’s transport by giving commuters truly mobile Internet while traveling on the go,” said Sameh Atalla, CEO of Mobiserve.

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on February 19, 2010  

Competition between the future of WiMax and LTE has been misconstrued as a heated battle where one is destined to succeed while the other will inevitably fail. The reality is that these technologies shouldn’t be pitted against eachother because they have the potential to concurrently play an important part in the future of wireless.

WiMax has already grown to over 7 million subscribers worldwide with upwards of 400 WiMax deployments. Early developers and adopters of WiMax – Yota, Clearwire, and Packet One – have been joined by new industry partnerships and alliances with common interests in both LTE and WiMax. Intel and Nokia have looked to the future of the two technologies as have Ericsson and Sprint. A number of WiMax IC/SOC suppliers have announced that they are working on LTE and WiMax + LTE multiple mode chips. The Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona this week was another place where WiMax and LTE were discussed in terms of collaboration rather than competition.

This being said, timing is a crucial component that must be taken into consideration. Many experts are predicting a wane in the current LTE hype because though the prospect is exciting, rollout is not expected until 2012 and inevitably, the hype will die down.

“Boatloads of bad press and public complaints will likely ensue for LTE, just as it did for WiMax, because the industry and the public will want to get their hands on what they’ve been promised for the last couple of years…once LTE networks become available and people fall in love with the service, the tides will change and LTE will become hot again,” said Robb Henshaw, Director of Marketing and Communications at Proxim Wireless.

In the future, the widespread use of both technologies will be very dependent upon location and availability. Certain areas may only have access to either WiMax or LTE. This being said, even if WiMax does not become the technology of choice, experts have said that it can be expected that it will still play a major role as a backhaul technology for both 4G and Wi-Fi networks.

As seen in the past, different technologies are ultimately pushed together based on what they have in common and not what makes them different because the market simply wants to provide the best products and services in their interests. It is in the interest of both suppliers and providers to develop both … Read the rest

on February 18, 2010  

Frost and Sullivan have awarded Agilent Technologies the Best Practices Award for World Market Share Leadership in LTE and WiMax test equipment. Market research determined that Agilent held the highest industry market share in 2008 with 20.2 percent of market revenues.

“While Agilent’s competitors are capable of addressing certain segments within WiMAX and LTE, the company’s product range spans the entire technology life cycle, from early R&D through manufacturing to network deployment and service assurance,” says Frost & Sullivan research analyst, Vijay Mathew. “Despite WiMAX and LTE being at different stages of their development life cycle, Agilent continues to work and partner with its customers with an equal focus on both technologies.”

Agilent’s LTE testing includes design simulation software with connected solutions for in-depth simulation with cross-domain test capabilities for digital to RF architectures, base station testing, realtime eNodeB testing, signal generation and analysis solutions for early module testing.

WiMax testing covers research and design, design verification and preconformance, conformance, manufacturing and service assurance for fixed and mobile WiMax, WiBro and support for Wave 2 and MIMO.

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on February 16, 2010  

Rohde & Schwarz’s communication tester is the ideal solution for extended end-to-end performance tests and enables throughput measurements up to the physical limit of 31.6 Mbit/s in DL, 2X2 MIMO.

The signaling stack of the R&S CMW270 WiMax communication tester, made up of PHY and protocol (MAC) layer, supports maximum data rates in downlink and uplink.

A typical test setup consists of a network server that processes and sends IP data of common WiMax apps via Ethernet to the R&S CMW270. The tester operates as a WiMax base station emulator and transmits the data packages over the air interface to the DUT. The client, integrated in the DUT or connected to it, decodes and displays the received data stream.

Application performance tests are used to carry out detailed throughput evaluation between the server, the tester, and the client. The CMW270 is a unique, all in one solution based on a future ready platform.… Read the rest