Mobile WiMax Marks Milestone
At the WiMAX Forum Congress Asia conference in Singapore, the Forum revealed the first eight products to get the "certified seal of approval." Four base stations and four subscriber units for 2.3 GHz were approved from Posdata Co. Ltd. , Runcom Technologies Ltd. , Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC), and Sequans Communications . (See Sequans Gets Certified.)
The Forum said it expected to announce certified mobile WiMax products in the 2.5 GHz frequency band "in the coming months." Overall, the Forum said it would certify more than 100 products by the end of this year. Certification of 2.5 GHz equipment will be especially important to Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and its partners, since the operator is using that bandwidth for its nationwide network in the U.S. (See Sprint Quiet on WiMax Launch Date.)
"With the first group of Mobile WiMAX certified products now available, we have delivered on our promise to ensure that WiMAX products are interoperable," said WiMax Forum president Ron Resnick in a statement.
In February, the Forum said that 28 products for 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz had been submitted for certification testing. (See WiMax Forum Updates on Progress.)
The newly certified products include Posdata's FLYVO USB modem and base station; Runcom's stand-alone base station unit and user terminal; Samsung's SPI-2110 base station and PCMCIA card; and Sequan's subscriber station and base station reference designs.
The tests took place at AT4 Wireless Inc. labs in Malaga, Spain, with input from members of the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) 's IT testing and certification lab from Seoul, Korea. (See AT4 Tests With Anite, AT4, Sequans Team, and WiMAX Forum Picks Testers.)
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung