Enter the MAN Haters

Companies working in mobile broadband field, such as Flarion Technologies, IPWireless Inc., and Navini Networks Inc., are shunning the 802.16a metropolitan area network (MAN) standards initiative unveiled this week by the WiMax Forum (see Working for the MAN)

Instead, Flarion and Navini are both talking up the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE)'s 802.20 specification, which is intended to provide broadband wireless mobility at driving speeds (see IEEE 802.20 Established). IPWireless has no plans to work with the IEEE at all.

There have been some suggestions that the IEEE 802.16a and 802.20 standards cover a lot of the same ground. The 802.16a standard calls for a fixed, non-line-of-sight wireless standard that can operate in the 2GHz to 11GHz bands, transferring data at up to 70 Mbit/s over a range of up to 30 miles, quite different from the intent of the 802.20 working group.

However, the 802.16e working group is intending to add some degree of mobility support to the fixed wireless standard (see MANs to Go Walkabout). And this is where some overlap between the two standards seems likely.

The technical details of the far newer 802.20 standard are still being defined, according to Sai Subramanian, vice president of product development at Navini. However, he says, the intent is to provide a wide-area, broadband standard that enables mobility and roaming among cell sites and can be easily installed by the end-user. These are the kinds of capabilities that a broadband wireless standard now has to support, Subramanian says.

"In my opinion, fixed wireless is an oxymoron," Subramanian says. "If it's fixed, why does it need to be wireless?" Subramanian feels that the 802.16 effort, which started two years ago, was before its time. "The 802.16 effort, though laudable… was put together by a few vendors with no significant carrier backing at all, who all got together and created a standard on paper."

Flarion's take is that the two standards are actually complementary. "It can be perceived that 16 and 20 are competing technologies," says that company's senior director of marketing strategy, Ronny Haraldsvik. "However, that is not the case. The IEEE wouldn't sanction the development of competing standards." IPWireless isn't part of any IEEE standards group, because it sees the organization as a computing interfaces standards body and prefers to work exclusively with telecommunications organizations like the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UMTS Forum.

However, the startup, never a company to miss an opportunity to put the boot in, suggests that the WiMax Forum that is backing the 802.16 is largely made up of the equipment providers that aren't making headway in the market. "Most of the companies in there are the broadband wireless providers who weren't selected for the Sprint trials last year," notes Jon Hambridge, senior director of marketing.

For the record, the Members of the WiMax Forum include Aperto Networks, Fujitsu Ltd. (KLS: FUJI.KL), Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Proxim Corp. (Nasdaq: PROX), and Wi-LAN Inc. (Toronto: WIN).

"Quite honestly, I'm not worried about 802.16," says Hambridge. "If Intel's name hadn't been associated with [the recent] press release, nobody would have taken any notice." — Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung
lrmobile_castro 12/5/2012 | 12:14:00 AM
re: Enter the MAN Haters I think you could alternatively title this "OFDM Haters" because that is what it boils down. I know flarion was in there but notice that flarion (who uses OFDM) maintained the neutral position. The tide is decidedly against CDMA in 802.16a and 802.20.
NextNet 12/5/2012 | 12:13:56 AM
re: Enter the MAN Haters NextNet Inks Deal for Mobile Broadband in the Philippines Nationwide.

NextNet Wireless, the industryGÇÖs most widely deployed provider of non line-of-sight (NLOS) broadband wireless access systems, and Internet Service Provider iMAX Communications, Inc. announced today that they have signed a contract to deliver NLOS broadband wireless services in the Philippines using NextNetGÇÖs ExpedienceGäó system. iMAX will commence broadband wireless service in the summer of 2003, targeting 5 million of the 12 million business and residential subscribers in metropolitan Manila -- one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Next Mobile will provide the required infrastructure and key personnel to implement and manage the iMAX network build out. iMAX plans to partner with local ISPs to expand broadband wireless service to cover 77 million Filipinos nationwide, or 98% of the population of the Philippines.

GÇ£We see a huge potential for broadband wireless services in the Philippines,GÇ¥ stated Mel Velarde, President and CEO of iMAX and concurrent President and CEO of Next Mobile. GÇ£We teamed up with NextNet because their OFDM-based NLOS system is the right platform for a mobile data play. NextNet is uniquely situated to help us reach our objective of delivering future 4G mobile voice, video and data services. We are extremely energized by the proven success of the NextNet NLOS business model, and we look forward to launching service in Manila and expanding nationwide,GÇ¥ Velarde added.

GÇ£It is a pleasure to work with the iMAX team,GÇ¥ stated Guy Kelnhofer, NextNet CEO. GÇ£It is a great honor to win the confidence of a service provider who is targeting nationwide deployment. The synergy of iMAX and Next Mobile provides us with a unique advantage of time-to-market capabilities. We are extremely pleased that our carrier-of-carriers business model has been selected, once again, to provide broadband wireless coverage for millions of subscribers in one of the worldGÇÖs most densely populated nations,GÇ¥ Kelnhofer added.

NextNetGÇÖs ExpedienceGäó NLOS broadband wireless system is an IP-based network that supports mobile delivery of broadband applications. Today, this broadband mobility is being employed at speeds of over 100 kilometers per hour in Mexico City, the most densely populated city in the world.

The Expedience system is currently deployed in cities throughout Asia, Africa, North and South America, and Central and Latin America. NextNet provides wireless carriers with proven superiority in the critical areas of coverage, capacity and capital cost, allowing for rapid penetration into the untapped business and residential markets. The companyGÇÖs flexible OFDM-based platform delivers consistent broadband speeds across NLOS cell radiuses of up to 30 km, using indoor, plug-and-play (self-installable) subscriber units, as well as convenient outdoor (bracket-mount) NLOS subscriber units.

About NextNet-« Wireless, Inc.
NextNet Wireless is the industryGÇÖs most widely deployed provider of non-line-of-sight (NLOS) plug-and-play broadband wireless access systems. NextNet's OFDM-based ExpedienceGäó system provides telecommunications carriers with turnkey solutions for rapid, low-cost deployment of high-speed, two-way voice and data services over the GÇ£last mileGÇ¥ of the communications network. The Expedience system is deployed in over 20 markets globally, including the worldGÇÖs largest NLOS plug-and-play deployment in Mexico, covering 70 million potential business and residential subscribers nationwide.

NextNet is the recipient of seven industry technical awards for delivering NLOS service to under-served urban, suburban and rural markets. NextNetGÇÖs primary investors include DCM-Doll Capital Management, Enterasys (NYSE: ETS) (formerly Cabletron Systems), Green Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, Star Ventures and others. Contact: Barbara Heine, Director, Marketing Communications; [email protected];Tel: 952-967-1116; Fax: 952-929-4080 or visit www.nextnetwireless.com.

About iMAX Communications, Inc.
iMAX is a Filipino corporation duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 28 January 2002. As a duly registered value added service provider, it is licensed to engage in, conduct, and carry on the business of internet and telecommunication, providing domestic and international message delivery of value-added network services as agent of a duly enfranchised telecommunications/broadcasting service provider, and buying and selling, servicing, importing and exporting telecommunications equipment, accessories and parts. It is engaged in the business of providing end-to-end wireless Internet access to business, schools, and residential customers. Contact: Justinian Adviento, [email protected] or [email protected]; Tel: 632-786-2000 ext.4124 or visit www.nextel.com.ph

About Next Mobile, Inc. (formerly Nextel Communications Philippines, Inc.)
Next Mobile, founded in 1987, is a consortium made up of a global team of techno entrepreneurs. The company provides wireless data services to 35,000 subscribers across the Philippines, including radio paging systems, personal communications network, trunked radio systems, cellular mobile telephone systems, etc. Next Mobile has a network of 140 base stations and has a footprint covering Metro Manila and Southern Luzon from Pampanga to Batangas, the main commercial areas of the country. Future plans include expansion into all commercially important areas in the country, beginning with the major southern cities of Cebu and Davao. Next Mobile, Inc. works closely with various business partners as well as its major supplier Motorola on product development and evolution of new services especially wireless data applications that will propel the company to continue providing superior telecommunications services to its chosen markets. The company's primary objective is to be the preferred provider of communications solutions to business, particularly industries and vertical segments where it has been able to penetrate successfully (as an alternative provider). These industries include the wholesale and retail trade, construction, transportation, manufacturing, and government services. The Company also sees a secondary target market in high-end/upscale individuals. Next Mobile, Inc. plans to introduce wireless broadband mobile services in the Philippines in the summer of 2003.


angelseye2000 12/5/2012 | 12:13:39 AM
re: Enter the MAN Haters Wi-Lan: W-OFDM, MC-DSSS & VINE Technologies

APRIL 8, 2003 - Wi-LAN Supports WiMAX(TM) Forum in its Drive for
Compatibility and Interoperability of Broadband Wireless
Access Equipment

Wi-LAN Inc. to Receive $8.8 Million Investment from
Government of Canada

South Korea's Wellink Partners with Wi-LAN to Develop W-OFDM
Systems for Transportation Applications

Wi-LAN and Swift Networks of Nigeria Announce Deployment
of Libra Wireless Products; Swift Nigeria Purchases
Wi-LAN's W-OFDM Based Products for Urban
Non-Line-of-Sight Network

Wi-LAN's Patented W-OFDM Technology Incorporated into
Universal WirelessMAN Standard

Wi-LAN Wins Prestigious Wireless Industry Award For
Non-Line-Of-Sight Network

ETRI And Wi-LAN Collaborate On Development Of Future
Mobile Wireless Systems Beyond IMT-2000

Wi-LAN Ships Market-Leading W-OFDM Products to Over
Twenty Countries; Non-Line-of-Sight Performance Exceeds
All Expectations

Wi-LAN and Fujitsu Microelectronics America to Co-Develop
new System-On-Chip for Broadband Wireless Devices

.....let the China 3.5Ghz ballgame begin.

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