Industry News

WiMAX: A reality check

Chinese vendors are moving, but carriers remain mum
WiMAX, a high-speed wireless service, is gaining momentum worldwide. Latest figures show WiMAX equipment sales rose nearly 50 percent in 2007 to US$800 million. WiMAX networks have been deployed in some 80 countries with 2.2 million customers, and growth is expected to continue. According to the WiMAX Forum, worldwide...
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Using the Web to untangle wireless

IEEE launches online site to prepare for technologies certification program
With WiMAX and Wi-Fi and fixed and mobile and 3G and 4G and LTE and LMDS, just defining “wireless” is a headache- inducing chore. The need to clarify is important enough, however, that the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) has launched a Web site to provide detailed information, ongoing...
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DragonWave XOHMs in on WiMAX backhaul

Sprint tabs Canadian vendor for deployments in Baltimore/Washington and Chicago
Sprint may be combining its XOHM network and operations and name and everything else with Clearwire, but that’s not going to happen until December and there’s a little matter of rolling out initial WiMAX deployments before that. There’s also the boodle of last-minute bits and pieces needed to make...
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SMB spending outstrips economy

Report says IT, telecom spending three times GDP growth
A report by Access Markets International (AMI) contends that IT and telecom spending by U.S. small and medium businesses (SMB) was three times higher (6.5 percent versus 2.2 percent) than the nation’s GDP. A hefty portion of the spending is attributable to the natural movement of vendors who have...
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Mobile WiMAX heads for the hills

DigitalBridge deployed in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Of the 14 markets it’s already serving with fixed and portable WiMAX service, DigitalBridge Communications (DBC) thinks Jackson Hole, Wyo. is the place to launch its first mobile WiMAX service. Using Alvarion’s technology and 193 MHz of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz range, DBC is already up and running...
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Certification Arrives for Mobile WiMAX

After many months of delay, there are now eight officially certified 802.16e, or WiMAX products. The WiMAX Forum made this announcement at its WiMAX Forum Congress in Singapore. Samsung, Sequans Communications, POSTDATA and Runcom Technologies all gained certification for a subscriber device and a base station. All four certified...
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WiMAX Trial for Alcatel-Lucent in Thailand

Alcatel-Lucent has announced plans to conduct a trial of wireless broadband services using WiMAX Rev-e technology with True Corp., Thailand’s only fully integrated telecommunications provider and leader in convergence lifestyle. For the trial Alcatel-Lucent will provide True Corp. with a comprehensive WiMAX solution that operates on the 2.5 GHz...
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AT&T looks to WiMAX for rural broadband

AT&T may be trying to block the merger of Sprint Nextel's and Clearwire's WiMAX activities, but it is also proceeding with its own, more limited, plans for the technology. The telco has been trialling WiMAX-class technologies in rural areas for a few years and now its CTO John Donovan...
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