Wednesday, November 9, 2005

WiMAX Forum Members Demo Interoperability

The second WiMAX Forum Plugfest was held last week to identify interoperability problems and different interpretations of standards, foster open technical discussions, and help refine interoperability testing for future certification testing. Participants represented a wide spectrum of leading companies in the telecommunications industry, including Airspan Networks Inc., Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Axxcelera Broadband Wireless, Huawei Technologies, PicoChip, Proxim Wireless, Redline Communications, SEQUANS Communications, Wavesat Wireless Inc., WiNetworks and ZTE Corporation, along with test equipment vendors Invenova Corporation and Sanjole. Many of the participants demonstrated solid links with other participants in FDD and TDD implementations in the 3.5 Gigahertz (GHz) frequency spectrum, which allowed vendors to conduct testing at higher layers demonstrating video streaming applications. The average throughput over the air -- dependant on modulation schemes -- ranged from 2.7 Megabits per second (Mbps) to 7.2 Mbps.

The Global WiMAX Summit was also held last week in Beijing.

"WiMAX products are shipping and we expect to see strong momentum of rapid deployments around the globe. The growing list of 350+ WiMAX Forum members -- comprised of operators, equipment and chip suppliers and content providers -- continue to unveil new products and solutions. Currently, there are more than 150 pilot and commercial networks around the world," said Ron Resnick, president of the WiMAX Forum."

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