WiMax Forum Unveils Plans

WiMax Forum launches certification program

April 18, 2005

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SAN JOSE, Calif. and MÁLAGA, Spain -- The world's first WiMAX Forum Certified™ products will be available by year's end, according to the WiMAX Forum™, which has launched its Certification program by detailing its certification process and timeline. The program was launched during a quarterly members' meeting April 12-15 in Málaga, Spain, the site of the Forum's official Certification test lab, Cetecom. Also during this meeting, the WiMAX Forum announced support from the Korean wireless community to promote WiMAX Forum Certified products, and formalized an agreement with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) that ensures a single global standard for wireless Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) technology.

"Based on a recent survey of our members regarding their plans to submit products for Certification when the lab opens in July, we expect to see multiple vendors offering WiMAX Forum Certified product in the marketplace before the end of the year," said Ron Resnick, president of the WiMAX Forum.

The WiMAX Forum provided details of its certification process and a timeline for testing WiMAX equipment based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. By June, the Forum expects to have completed the necessary test cases and test scripts and preparation of test equipment. The lab will open and begin accepting vendor equipment for Certification testing in July. The first WiMAX Forum Certified products -- those that are certified as conformant to the standard and interoperable with other vendors' products -- are expected in the November/December timeframe.

The WiMAX Forum will initially certify equipment based on two profiles: TDD and FDD in the 3.5 GHz frequency band with 3.5 MHz channelization. Based on market demand and vendor product submissions, more profiles will be added in 2006. The WiMAX Forum also has committed that all future enhancements to the baseline profiles will support backward compatibility. To demonstrate their commitment to these timelines, several equipment OEMs demonstrated working equipment at the member meeting.

Also during the meeting in Málaga, the WiMAX Forum and ETSI formally executed an important standard cooperation agreement that ensures a single global standard for wireless MAN technology.

"From its inception, the vision of the WiMAX Forum was to create a truly global, interoperable standard -- this agreement is a major milestone in realizing that vision," said Resnick.

Karl Heinz Rosenbrock, ETSI director general, commented, "ETSI is pleased to contribute the radio and testing expertise from ETSI Technical Committee BRAN and ETSI Protocol and Testing Competence Centre towards a worldwide harmonized standard for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) systems. We consider the commitment toward unified technology as an important signal to the market for the success of BWA networks in addition to 2G/3G and WLAN systems."

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