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WiMax Gear Approved for Market

WiMax is finally a reality. The first round of certification tests have been completed, and base stations from Aperto Networks Inc. , Redline Communications Inc. , and Sequans Communications , plus Wavesat Inc. 's customer equipment have got the seal of approval from the WiMAX Forum . The testing process went on until the final minute, lasting well into the night on Wednesday. But the completion of the first round of certifications means that initial WiMax gear should be on the streets within months.



The successful certification marks a breakthrough for the burgeoning WiMax equipment industry, which has seen the progress of equipment to market delayed several times by disagreements over standards and turmoil in the small group of broadband-wireless companies. Today's announcement, made at the Technical and Business Symposium of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA) in San Jose, Calif., marks the most significant step to date in the development of new broadband wireless technology, which could in the next few years replace DSL and cable modems in many homes and small businesses across the United States and Europe.

Based on the IEEE standard 802.16, WiMax presents a competitive threat to 3G technology to provide the basis for fixed and mobile broadband links over the next few years. The certification process has been seen as crucial to build momentum behind WiMax in the absence of an established market for the technology.

"With more than 150 commercial trials and deployments of fixed WiMax networks announced to date," said Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) executive Ronald Resnick, who heads the WiMax Forum, in a statement, "it is clear there is tremendous confidence placed in these systems by operators around the globe."

While the testing and certification process was something of a scramble, in order to have the announcement ready for the important WCA gathering this week, it has been relatively politics-free, according to Rupert Baines of Picochip , a maker of chipsets for WiMax equipment.

"These companies like Wavesat and Redline need a standard, or they can't carry on," Baines comments. "That helps keep things moving forward. Then you've got Intel driving things so hard, and in a sense it is above politics. So this process has been comparatively smooth compared to other standards I've been involved with."

Cetecom, the Forum's certification lab in Spain, has received 26 requests from manufacturers for testing slots for additional equipment over the next few months. WiMax gear for fixed broadband is expected to begin reaching the market in mid-2006, with equipment for the mobile market following in early 2007.

— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

freetoair 12/5/2012 | 4:08:47 AM
re: WiMax Gear Approved for Market unless i am missing something it does not seem there is a BS + MS combination here that is sellable as a system? Unless wavesat is producing a turnkey SS (I am not familiar with miniMAX and it is not listed on thier website that i see. miniPCI but that appears to be a reference design only?

Question: I a SS is built using Sequans or Wavesat silicon/reference designs is it automatically deemed 'certified'? or does the turnkey product need to be certified?
lrmobile_rusty 12/5/2012 | 4:08:45 AM
re: WiMax Gear Approved for Market If this article is true, what does this mean for the viability of WiMAX. I know a lack of usable (i.e., lower frequency) spectrum has always been cited as a problem for WiMAX. If these bands get allocated for it, does that significantly change things?

http://www.eetimes.com/news/la...
lrmobile_rusty 12/5/2012 | 4:08:45 AM
re: WiMax Gear Approved for Market If this article is true, what does this mean for the viability of WiMAX. I know a lack of usable (i.e., lower frequency) spectrum has always been cited as a problem for WiMAX. If these bands get allocated for it, does that significantly change things?
lrmobile_boondocksbandit 12/5/2012 | 4:08:42 AM
re: WiMax Gear Approved for Market No, I believe the WiMAX forum requires the product to be certified, a certified reference design doesnt automatically qualify the product.
Curious to hear your opinion on the potential spectrum being touted for WiMAX (see "rusty"'s post earlier)
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