WiMax Spectrum Owners Launch WiSOA

WiMax spectrum owners have created their own organization. The WiMax Spectrum Owners Alliance currently comprises Unwired Australia, Network Plus Mauritius, UK Broadband, Irish Broadband, Austar Australia/Liberty Group, Telecom New Zealand, WiMAX Telecom Group, Enertel and Woosh Telecom. WISOA secretary general Patrick Cruise O’Brien said the group differs from the WiMax Forum in the sense that the latter is focused on setting standards, while the organization aims to address issues concerning the development of networks and commercialization of the technology. WISOA seeks to have an active dialogue with GSM operators, who see WiMax as a rival technology. O’Brien believes the creation of a mobile virtual network operator will enable the two sides to work together. WISOA plans to meet again in December to discuss issues concerning roaming, fixed WiMax in emerging markets, and specification and joint procurement with vendors. It also hopes to increase its membership to include Clearwire and Sprint.
Via [wi-fiplanet.com]

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