Monday, February 11, 2008

WiMAX Forum Updates Technology Roadmap to Include 700 MHz

The WiMAX Forum has expanded its technology roadmap to include the 700 MHz frequency band. Work on the technical specifications for 700 MHz WiMAX Forum certification is already underway in the association's working groups. The published specifications will be unveiled as they are completed and they will support both TDD and FDD certification profiles.

The WiMAX Forum also announced that 28 Mobile WiMAX products in the 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz frequency bands have been submitted for WiMAX Forum certification. The first mobile WiMAX products are expected to achieve the WiMAX Forum Certified seal of approval in Q2 2008 and to reach the market later this year.

In addition, the WiMAX Forum forecasts that more than 950 products will undergo Mobile WiMAX certification testing by 2011, representing an influx of new consumer devices and infrastructure equipment to support continued rapid WiMAX user adoption in the 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, and 3.5 GHz frequency bands. The WiMAX Forum's current network of six labs in China, Korea, Spain, U.S. and two in Taiwan will expand to nine with additions in Brazil, India and Japan to handle the anticipated certification demand.

The WiMAX Forum announced that it selected TTC-CCS as the second designated certification lab in Taiwan for both Fixed WiMAX and Mobile WiMAX certification services.

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