Monday, April 3, 2006

Motorola Shows 802.16e-based MOTOwi4 WiMAX

At this week's CTIA Wireless 2006 show in Las Vegas, Motorola is debuting the first of its MOTOwi4 WiMAX solutions. The initial product
is an "ultra-light access point," a highly integrated access point that is unlike a traditional floor mounted cellular-style base station and can be mounted virtually anywhere to provide high-speed wireless broadband coverage.

The 3.5GHz system is aimed at new and existing carriers with 3.5GHz fixed wireless access licenses in developing countries, as well as rural areas in developed countries, especially in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Motorola said that although the IEEE 802.16e WiMAX standard is most often associated with mobility, it is a more robust wireless access technology than 802.16-2004 and is well suited for fixed deployments.

In addition, by using a common core network Motorola will enable operators to use a complementary combination of licensed spectrum and unlicensed spectrum to cover new territories with broadband service and IP telephony.

"While WiMAX has been touted for its ability to deliver advanced applications, there is a significant market need to provide basic connectivity," said Dan Coombes, senior vice president and general manager of Wireless Broadband Networks and chief technology officer for Motorola Networks. "With our 802.16e-based ultra-light solution we can deliver cost- effective fixed broadband access where people need it to meet simple needs for voice service, and to give them Internet access.

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