Siemens Lauds SkyMax Call

Siemens Communications recently succeeded in completing the first live data transfer with SkyMAX

July 11, 2005

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MUNICH -- Siemens Communications recently succeeded in completing the first live data transfer with SkyMAX, a new end-to-end WiMAX ( Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) solution based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard, in its test lab in Milan, Italy . During the live link between a modem and a base station in the 3.5 GHz frequency spectrum, data was transmitted at a top speed of up to 12 megabits per second in 3.5 MHz bandwidth. Transmission rates as high as this had only previously been achieved with early proprietary systems. Siemens will be one of the world's first companies to offer standard-compliant WiMAX radio networks, including end devices, to fixed and mobile network operators.

“This successful test demonstrates that we have met our ambitious target of being ready for the commercial deployment of WiMAX in the second half of 2005,” said Christoph Caselitz, President of Mobile Networks at Siemens Communications. “We will now make SkyMAX available to our customer for trials.”

The SkyMAX solution includes a base station that uses orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) technology and modems as end devices. OFDM technology protects wireless broadband transmissions against most interference from echoes and multipathing. The SkyMAX modems use Intel’s PRO/Wireless 5116 chip, the first on-chip system for WiMAX that is based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard.

"We are all the more pleased about the first live data transmission from Siemens since it uses the PRO/Wireless 5116 Chip that we officially presented in April of this year", says Christian Morales, Vice President of the Sales and Marketing Group and General Manager of Intel EMEA. "This brings us a huge step closer to the joint vision of wireless broadband networks and services. Users will find these new communication options as indispensable as they do DSL or wireless LAN today."

Siemens AG

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