Sunday, February 15, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent Receives WiMAX 3.5GHz Certification

Alcatel-Lucent has received the WiMAX Forum Certified seal of approval for the 3.5GHz band version of its WiMAX Rev-e (802.16-2005 standard) compact base station. Alcatel-Lucent noted that out of 34 Alcatel-Lucent Rev-e commercial deployments worldwide, 21 are in the 3.5GHz band, and seven of these are already in commercial service. Key to its commercial success has been implementation of advanced technologies such as beam forming, which extends cell range and thus reduces operators' deployment costs.

Alcatel-Lucent's 2.5GHz base station portfolio received WiMAX Forum certification last summer.

Alcatel-Lucent said it has shipped more than 10,000 Rev-e base stations and installed equipment that already supports tens of thousands of paying subscribers.

  • In December, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it was refocusing its WiMAX R&D efforts on the technology's dominant market opportunity, enhanced wireless DSL - which includes data-centric mobility usage on netbooks and mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as well as residential and nomadic PC use. Alcatel-Lucent market research indicates that close to 90% of WiMAX Rev-e subscribers to 2013 will fall in this service category.

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