4G Cameroon, the local subsidiary of 4G Africa AG, is launching its operation in Cameroon under the brand name “YooMee.”
First International Telecom has chosen Motorola to deploy a WiMax network in northern Taiwan. Fitel and Motorola have teamed together in the past.
Fitel will offer commercial WiMax after the network in certified by the National Communications Commission in March. Motorola deployed base stations for Fitel in 2008. Motorola will now design, supply and deploy a comprehensive WiMax network that is fast to market and turnkey solution to meet the operators needs.
“The high-speed mobile data service is a fast growing market for operators. The new mobile broadband network based on WiMAX technology will enable FiTEL to offer services such as mobile digital entertainment and low-cost broadband access, fulfilling customers’ needs and creating new revenue streams,” said Ms. Min Yu Chang, chairwoman of FiTEL. “We are impressed by Motorola’s advanced WiMAX solutions and their dedicated and professional servicing team. They ensure a fast and smooth deployment of such a sophisticated network. High performance and reliable services are important to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction.”
Motorola has helped three of the six operators with WiMax licenses launch networks in Taiwan and is one of the fastest growing WiMax markets. FarEasTone and Global Mobile are two operators that have launched WiMax networks in the Asian country. Alvarion recently set up a Interoperability Testing Lab in Taiwan, allowing companies to send their products in country instead of outsourcing and thus, saving on shipping costs.
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According to Reuters, Ceragon Networks Ltd. a leading provider of high-capacity wireless backhaul solutions, announced today that it has received a significant equipment order from a leading WiMax operator in North America. Ceragon’s FibeAir® point-to-point microwave solutions will support the operator’s ongoing network expansion and will be deployed initially in two major US cities. The current order is valued at several millions of dollars.
The solution is said to help simplify network design and maintenance, and improves overall network availability and reliability in order to support advanced broadband and multimedia services. Ceragon FibeAir solutions allow operators to accelerate the expansion and coverage of their fixed and mobile networks with simple, fast and cost-efficient deployment.
Ira Palti, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ceragon said “we are very happy to have been selected by one of the pioneering mobile WiMax operators in North America. Our solutions are a perfect fit for WiMax data architecture, providing high-capacity, Native Ethernet traffic for access and aggregation backhaul. In addition, our focus on operational excellence allows us to deliver thousands of units a month and serve high-volume customers.”
This solution will give millions of rural Americans the ability to enjoy wireless broadband services across the communities where they live and work.… Read the rest
Wimax, the second largest utility in the U.S., will be testing out smart grid technology based on WiMAX, a nascent wireless technology that provides high bandwidth. The move is the latest of a growing number of large utilities and communications companies investigating how WiMAX can play a role in their smart grid networks.
National Grid will be testing out WiMAX gear provided by Tel Aviv, Israel-based company Alvarion, which can connect smart meters and distribution automation devices to the utilities’ back office. Alvarion told us back in May that the company was conducting several smart meter pilot projects and would be announcing its partners in the coming months.
For those of you not familiar with WiMAX, it’s a high-speed wireless technology that service providers are using for the next generation of broadband services. It competes with a high-speed wireless technology being deployed by cell phone companies called Long Term Evolution, or LTE. The WiMAX market is still relatively small — the equipment and device market in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $275 million, and the number of WiMAX subscribers is only at 3.9 million — but it’s set to grow to 85 million subscribers by the end of 2013.
National Grid’s news comes on the heels of several large utilities revealing that they are considering WiMAX for parts of their smart grid networks. Last month San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) said it had applied for stimulus funds to build a smart grid wireless network that would include about 30 percent of its network built with WiMAX. Southern California Edison (SCE) has also said it is looking at WiMAX for part of its smart grid network. Beyond utilities, General Electric, Intel and startup Grid Net have been the loudest voices for using WiMAX to connect smart meters.
The biggest reason for using WiMAX for the smart grid is high bandwidth. SDG&E told us that WiMAX could be used around major grid assets, like substations, to collect a lot of data from phasor units, which monitor the reliability of the grid and collect information like voltage, current and frequency in real time. WiMAX could also be used to deliver services like mapping information and video tools for mobile workers, or provide video services for facility monitoring.
But another reason to use WiMAX on the smart grid is that WiMAX is an open standard that can benefit from … Read the rest
Alvarion Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALVR), the world’s leading provider of WiMAX™ and wireless broadband solutions, today announced it will work with National Grid, the second-largest utility company in the U.S., to participate in a smart power grid (SPG) Proof of Concept with its BreezeMAX 3650 solution, as part of a technology test-bed for potential pilot projects in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The proof of concept will begin in September 2009, and will provide backhaul for SPG smart meters and distribution automation devices for residences and businesses using WiMAX technology.
SPGs incorporate advanced two-way communications and distributed computing capabilities for improved control, efficiency, reliability and safety. Through this smart grid pilot, National Grid and Alvarion could give selected customers across the Northeast an opportunity to experience the benefits of this application through reduced energy consumption, reduced carbon emission and ultimately, a lower utility bill. Alvarion will help enable National Grid achieve a clean and efficient energy network of the future, for the region.
Alvarion provides comprehensive broadband wireless connectivity solutions for SPGs, allowing connectivity for Distribution Automated (DA) devices and backhaul for smart meter collectors.
“WiMAX is becoming a vital part of next-generation SPG connectivity, as it provides a range of benefits aligned with power utilities’ business objectives and technical requirements,” said Greg Daily, president of Alvarion, Inc. “Our BreezeMAX solution enables advanced wireless broadband capabilities to meet specific utility requirements and delivers improved customer benefits.”
Alvarion’s BreezeMAX 3650 platform is highly reliable, secured and supports advanced 802.16e antenna technologies including MIMO, fourth order diversity, and MRRC to maximize capacity and coverage in non-line-of-site (NLOS) conditions. BreezeMAX 3650 has flexible deployment alternatives for SPG connectivity meeting the deployment needs for lowering capital and operating costs while providing the required performance.
Alvarion (NASDAQ: ALVR) is the largest WiMAX pure-player with the most extensive WiMAX customer base and over 250 commercial deployments around the globe. Committed to growing the WiMAX market, the company offers solutions for a wide range of frequency bands supporting a variety of business cases. Through its OPEN WiMAX strategy, superior IP and OFDMA know-how, and ability to deploy end-to-end turnkey WiMAX projects, Alvarion is shaping the new wireless broadband experience.… Read the rest
Mr. Schwartz has been a key participant in the broadband wireless market for the last 10 years. He brings 20 years of experience in the semiconductor, as well as wireless industries. He has been a key contributor to the 802.16 standard from its inception, and has been a leading advocate and contributor of the WiMAX Forum. Schwartz has led the development of strategy, market development and product development for both leading chipset vendors and equipment manufacturers in the broadband wireless market. Schwartz has held engineering, marketing, business development and consulting positions with Arraycomm, Intel, BeamReach, Texas Instruments, AT&T Microelectronics, PA Consulting, and Trimble Navigation. He holds both undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees from Dartmouth College.
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In your opinion, how is the economical crisis affecting the deployment of wimax networks over the world ? The economic crisis has had a dampening effect on the current speed of deployment of WiMAX networks in some parts of the world. In some cases, networks have been either delayed or scaled back. But in many parts of the world, in particular in emerging markets, the strong need to improve access to broadband service has continued to drive the development of new WiMAX markets.
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Cutting-edge. Fast-paced. High-tech. No, these phrases are not describing a major metropolis. They are the terms that will be associated with the spacious grass fields and dusty dirt roads of rural America –with the help of WiMAX technology, that is.
Recent developments in the WiMAX field have shown a great move toward the small towns and suburbs all over the nation, providing high-speed internet access to areas which have never had such a big-city luxury. Much of the WiMAX technology’s efforts to spread to rural parts have been facilitated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the stimulus package proposed by President Obama, which allocates $7.2 billion for complete broadband and wireless Internet access.
On March 30, 2009, the most recent display of the WiMax move was publicized. AlphaStar International, a direct-to-home satellite broadcasting service, and Computers & TeleComm (CTC) announced a new partnership that will use government funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment stimulus package to develop high-speed WiMax services in rural areas. This new WiMax network will contain terrestrial WiMax transmitters and the AlphaStar Teleport satellite that will be used for backhaul.
Yes, it is possible for the wonders of WiMax to reach the hills and valleys yonder, a fact which exhibits the ubiquity of WiMax. Wherever, whenever, and however, WiMax can jump right in, adapt to the technological environment, and save the population from those oh-so-aggravating internet stalls and glitches. Besides for its apparent adaptability, WiMax is also a low-cost network which provides reliable services. Customer satisfaction increases as a result, thereby spreading its popularity around the globe.
WiMax is a powerful technology; it can improve the lives of rural country dwellers and have an international impact on the world as well. Its true capacity is only beginning poke at the surface of the modern age. Don’t sit back and watch the WiMax whirlwind storm by. Hop on.… Read the rest
The Quantum WiMax team has recently launched a news Blog! WiMax News will be covering daily developments in the world of Wireless Technology. Recent stories on Wimax News have dealt with the launch of Wimax Networks in Portland, Libya, and the speculation around a brand new Wimax network in New York City. Wimax news will be a trusted source for current events in the fields of LTE , 4G , Spectrum , WiMax deployment and Devices as well as an informative source on the basics of Wimax technology.