Category Archives: WiMAX

Ofcom Auction Opens Door To Mobile WiMAX, TV

Ofcom is due to auction frequencies that will enable a range of services such as mobile WiMAX, mobile TV, and alternative 3G networks. The British communications regulator plans to put up three bands — 2500-2690 MHz, 2010-2025 MHz and 2290-2300 MHz and in total 215 MHz — for public sale and has sought proposals fromContinue Reading

Qualcomm’s WiFi Joins With Airgo To Battle Intel’s WiMAX

Qualcomm is buying Airgo Networks and announced plans to market the latter’s so-called “802.11n Draft 2.0-compliant” chipset. The said silicon is due to make an appearance at CES 2007 in Las Vegas. Some analysts believe it will not be an easy road for Qualcomm. At the moment, some 370 technical issues beset Draft 2.0 andContinue Reading

Intel Rolls Out New WiMax Chipset

In Hong Kong, Intel showed off its WiMax Connection 2300 chipset, which it embedded in a Intel Centrino Duo-based computer with WiMax, WiFi and high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) 3G capabilities. The silicon, according the company, can extend the range and capacity of wireless networks. DataComm President Ira Brodsky lauded Intel’s move to combine WiMaxContinue Reading

WiMAX May Challenge Asia 3G ‘In Five Years’

Analysts believe it will take another five years for WiMax to challenge 3G in the Asia Pacific region. According to In-Stat analyst Bryan Wang, WiMax users will grow to 14 million by 2011. This is just about 8 percent of the Asian 3G market by that time, as per the prediction of Frost & SullivanContinue Reading

Alcatel, Sequans Team For Mobile WiMAX

Alcatel and Sequans Communications are teaming up to develop low-cost devices for mobile WiMax networks. Production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2007. The deal involves integrating Alcatel’s advanced antenna technology with Sequans’ SQN1110, which is based on Universal WiMAX 802.16e-2005. The silicon offers a throughput of 10 Mbps and needs lessContinue Reading

WiMax – Ready To Take On Cellular?

The WiMax World event has one message: both fixed and mobile WiMax are real and companies are ready to supply the market with products using the technology. Mobile WiMax, in particular, is expected to become a hit in 2007 and seen as a major rival to cellular technologies such as EV-DO Revisions B and CContinue Reading

Mobile WiMax To Be Rolled Out In China Next Year

Samsung Electronics disclosed that it has already sold mobile WiMax equipment to a client in China and will provide similar equipment to another. Hwan Woo Chung, a vice president at Samsung’s Mobile WiMax Group, declined to state the clients’ names and just told delegates to a conference in Singapore to “see early next year whatContinue Reading

Redline Lands WiMAX Contract In Iraq

IraqTel chose Redline Communications’ RedMAX products for a proposed WiMax network in Iraq. The country will initially deploy the network, the first of its kind in the war-torn country, in Basrah. Recently, Redline announced its partnership with I-Systems to provide wireless broadband service in Lake Llanquihue, Chile. The service uses Redline’s AN-50e, part of theContinue Reading

Brasil Telecom Plans Mobile WiMax Network

Brasil Telecom Participações (BrT) looks to offer mobile WiMax to residents in the southern Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Curitiba. Dante Nardelli, who heads BrT’s technology and technical planning division, said the two cities are home to 200,500 broadband customers, which the company sees as potential WiMax users. BrT’s WiMax unit Vant already obtainedContinue Reading

Alvarion Concentrates On WiMAX

LG Wireless is acquiring Alvarion’s Cellular Mobile business for $15 million. Alvarion believes the unit is not only a good fit for LG but also serves the best interest of shareholders. The deal, according to Alvarion President and CEO Tzvika Friedman, will also enable the company to devote all its resources to WiMax. The saidContinue Reading

WiMAX Could Fry Your Brain. Or Not

Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada has banned the use of WiFi in the campus due to behavioral and physiological risks associated with the technology. According to university president Fred Gilbert, 31 scientists have subscribed the Benevento Resolution, which calls for precautionary strategies to wireless systems and setting up WiFi-free zones in cities, schools, hospitals andContinue Reading

The Two Faces Of WiMAX

Clearwire and Towerstream are two companies currently offering pre-WiMax services but they cater to different clients: Clearwire serves the consumer market and Towerstream focuses on businesses. Clearwire co-CEO Ben Wolff said subscribers to the company’s fixed wireless service now number 162,000. The operator looks to cover 34 markets by the year’s end and has launchedContinue Reading

Intel Touts WiMAX As Fix For India’s Digital Divide

Intel Corp. chairman Craig Barrett sees WiMax as a solution to India’s digital divide. Barrett said WiMax “is relatively inexpensive and relatively simple” and therefore “ideal for rural environment where there is limited infrastructure in place.” He made these remarks following his tour of Baramati, a town that Intel adopted under its World Ahead Program.Continue Reading

Samsung Unveils Multifeatured PDA With WiMax

Samsung is coming out with an all-in-one handheld, a fusion of PC, cell phone, camera, and portable music player. SPH-P9000 houses a folding qwerty keyboard and has built-in WiMax as well as high-speed CDMA EV-DO and Bluetooth capabilities. The PDA, which Samsung first put on display at the Mobile WiMax Summit 2006, is preloaded withContinue Reading

Poor Business Case Could Hobble WiMax

Analysts at Sound Partners Ltd believe the success of WiMax will depend on business cases. Drs Mark Heath and Alastair Brydon wrote a report entitled The Business Case For WiMax, wherein they predicted that WiMax will lose to DSL in developed countries, particularly with the increased capability and reach of DSL services. The report alsoContinue Reading