Monday, September 24, 2007

Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera Enter Mobile WiMAX Pact

Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera Wireless announced a joint development agreement under which they will collaborate on the development of end-to-end wireless broadband solutions based on Universal WiMAX technology.

The partnership combines Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX network infrastructure -- based on the latest IEEE 802.16e-2005 standards (also called Rev-e) -- and a variety of wireless end-user devices from Kyocera, including multimode mobile phones, non-traditional wireless devices, wireless PC cards and USB devices for PCs.

Under the agreement, the two companies will cooperate to ensure the rapid development of WiMAX devices with enhanced mobility features, as well as multi-mode terminals that can enable seamless interoperability between WiMAX networks and cellular or Wi-Fi networks. The joint program will cover the establishment of specifications, the development and integration of WiMAX solutions, and the creation of an interoperability testing (IOT) program to ensure that the new Kyocera WiMAX devices can operate smoothly on Alcatel-Lucent's infrastructure. Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera anticipate the commercial availability of fully integrated solutions of WiMAX base stations and terminals from the two companies in the first half of 2008.

The agreement expands on and formalizes an ongoing collaboration between Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera on WiMAX solutions. Earlier this year, the two companies conducted WiMAX demonstrations - featuring multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) Spatial Multiplexing technology.

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