Monday, March 10, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent to Integrate NextWave's WiMAX Broadcast Solution

Alcatel-Lucent will integrate NextWave's recently announced "MXtv" WiMAX broadcast technology into its WiMAX solutions portfolio. The two companies plan to perform a series of interoperability tests with Alcatel-Lucent's commercial WiMAX infrastructure starting in the second quarter of 2008.The goal is to enable WiMAX operators to deliver a broad range of rich and personalized multimedia services including mobile TV, interactive services and digital audio without having to invest in new spectrum or additional network infrastructure.

NextWave's MXtv provides fully-integrated broadcast and unicast of voice, data and rich media over each individual stream. The technology has also been integrated into its low-power, Wave 2 compliant NW2000 series WiMAX subscriber device System-on-a-Chip (SoC). The NW2000 series SoC is currently being integrated into a range of devices, the first of which is planned availability in the second half of 2008.

NextWave said its MXtv technology supports 30 fps QVGA and WQVGA content and is implemented in a 10 MHz channel. WiMAX operators can offer up to 45 broadcast channels, streaming at 300 kbps, in a pure broadcast overlay WiMAX network and up to 20 broadcast channels in a hybrid mobile broadcast and broadband offering, and still have more than 55 percent of their mobile broadband capacity remaining for other services.

Complementing MXtv technology is PacketVideo's (PV) MediaFusion platform, an end-to-end server-client software solution. MediaFusion supports unicast, "networked group" multicast, broadcast and background services such as personal video recording, music, streaming personalized radio, and social networking, with a discovery engine that can drive a number of highly targeted advertising business models. PacketVideo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NextWave Wireless.http://www.nextwave.com