WiMAX World 2007

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WiMax World 2007 at McCormick Place in Chicago this week, is the world’s largest WiMAX trade fair. It runs September 25 – 27, 2007, with five tracks over 3 days, 200+ speakers, 230+ exhibitors and 35 WiMAX operators.

Here’s the 2007 program, speakers, special events, conference tracks, exhibitor list, exhibitor news. Get your news fix from WiMAX World Daily News, Telephony, the Seattle Times and RCR News. Xchange Magazine presents WiMAX Awards.

Some of the press releases coming out of the show include;

  • Alvarion today announced that it will be performing a live demonstration of Web 2.0 applications over Mobile WiMAX together with Intel. Alvarion will demonstrate its end-to-end 4Motion Mobile WiMAX solution for a variety of mobile devices, including notebook PCs with Intel’s reference design for Mobile WiMAX add-in cards using Echo Peak. “The achievement of performing Web 2.0 services over Mobile WiMAX is the result of the long term dedication of both Intel and Alvarion and we are excited about the vast potential this technology entails.”
  • Airspan Networks has announced a USB 2.0 Mobile WiMAX client device that turns any laptop into a Mobile WiMAX client. It supports all of the target Wave 2 MIMO Mobile WiMAX certification profiles (2.3GHz, 2.5GHz, 3.3-3.8GHz, and 4.9-5.8GHz) and is powered via the USB port.
  • Aperto’s PacketMAX 5000 is said to be the highest density carrier-grade base station in the industry and the first to become WiMAX Forum Certified. Aperto also announced today the availability of PacketMAX solutions that operate in the 5.8 GHz license-exempt band. The products are scheduled for commercial availability in December 2007 and will include the PacketMAX 5000 and PacketMAX 3000 base stations, as well as the PacketMAX 300 and PacketMAX 100 subscriber units. All products will be compliant with the IEEE802.16-2004 standard.
  • Ceragon Networks, a provider of high-capacity wireless backhaul, is showcasing its FibeAir IP-MAX2, designed to provide a fast reliable backbones for mobile, WiMAX, private and metro area networks. With Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) certification, Ceragon’s native microwave Ethernet platform reportedly delivers up to 900 Mbps over a single channel and a single Gigabit Ethernet port.
  • Clearwire now has about 300,000 subscribers. In August, 41 percent of its customers migrated from cable Internet access and 29 percent from DSL. Deployment of true mobile WiMax is going well in Portland, said Scott Richardson, Chief Strategy Officer for Clearwire. In April, Clearwire completed the first phase, involving 15 square miles and has expanded to 40 sites. It’s now focused on a beta network covering 145 square miles. The service is delivering 4 megabits per second downstream and 1 Mbps up.
  • DragonWave today announced the general availability of AirPair Unite that converges Ethernet and Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) traffic across a single wireless, Internet Protocol (IP) stream. It is said to cuts in half the equipment required to backhaul traffic, providing scalable, Ethernet connectivity up to 800 Mbps full duplex, with 99.999% service availability.
  • Firetide has been selected as a finalist to receive the Industry Choice Best of WiMAX World USA 2007 Award for its wireless mesh network including HotPort mesh nodes, access points, and HotView network management. The awards recognize leaders in the development and deployment of WiMAX technologies.
  • Intel recently showcased their next generation of Wi-Fi/WiMAX modules for notebooks. With add-in cards being available in 2007 and embedded modules in 2008, the Wi-Fi/WiMAX dual-mode module (code-named “Echo Peak”) will integrate WiFi and WiMAX for notebook OEMs, Mobile WiMAX operators, and mobile users.
  • Kyocera Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent will develop WiMAX technology that includes beamforming with compatibility for handoffs between WiMAX, cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Kyocera is one of a number of handset makers gearing up for the WiMAX standard. They anticipate the commercial availability of fully integrated solutions of WiMAX base stations and terminals from the two companies in the first half of 2008.
  • Motorola is showcasing a mobile WiMAX chipset modem solution that supports both 3G and 4G mobile devices. The WiMAX chipset modem solution is optimized for both size and low power consumption to further connect consumers around the globe with mobile wireless broadband. It is scheduled to debut in Motorola’s line-up of WiMAX mobile devices beginning in 2008 for various carriers around the world, including Sprint’s Xohm business unit.

    Motorola’s CPEi300 (above) is their initial WiMax CPE. It uses Intel’s 2250 (Rosedale 2) chipset for mobile WiMax and has one Ethernet port as well as two analog phone ports. Motorola says the CPEi300 will ship in Q4 for about $200. Portland’s Clearwire service may use this device. Motorola is also demonstrating a desktop WiMax device focused on consumers and small office users. Motorola is working jointly with Primus Canada and Mipps on Mobile WiMAX trials in Toronto. Using Motorola’s wi4 WiMAX solution. Mipps acquired 3.5 GHz licensed spectrum covering Toronto as well as similar spectrum in most major cities across Canada.

  • MobiTV the leading platform for content delivery over mobile and broadband networks, demonstrated TV and video services over mobile, PC and set-top-box devices via a WiMAX network. The real-time demonstration will showcase the MobiTV(R) service running over all three screens, with state-of-the-art features and functionality including pause and resume, remote scheduling and control, transfer and send media between devices in your home and much more.
  • Nokia will use Intel WiMAX silicon, codenamed “Baxter Peak” in its forthcoming Internet Tablets. The Internet tablets will be among the very first WiMAX-enabled open Internet devices expected to ship in 2008. Intel, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks have already started testing their gear with dozens of other equipment vendors’ products in Sprint’s Herndon, Va. testing labs. Sprint has announced it will use Nokia gear in Portland, while Clearwire will use Motorola headend gear in its nationwide rollout.
  • Nortel’s 4G WiMAX solution will bring broadband connectivity to rural communities in southeastern Oklahoma. The Pine and Choctaw Electric Cooperative’s 4G WiMAX network will improve emergency services and provide free access to city police and fire departments as well as to public schools. Nortel is also developing a WiMAX chip for a satellite-based air traffic control system to be utilized by the Federal Aviation Administration, set for 2009 deployment.
  • PCTEL announced the availability of its Roaming Client software with full support for WiMAX. It enables end users to access the best available broadband network and seamlessly transition from one type of network to another, while ensuring security and connection policy compliance for both carriers and enterprise IT managers.
  • ReVerb Networks, unveiled its first beamforming solution, the rV100i today at Wimax World. The system allows wireless broadband operators to spatially reuse radio frequency spectrum and increase their network capacity, sense and reject interfering signals, and extend their signal reach without costly investment in additional base stations and infrastructure.
  • Semiconductor companies with chips in the WiMAX fire include Beceem, Sequans, Intel, Fujitsu, Motorola, picoChip, Texas Instruments, Runcom, GCT Semiconductor, Altair Semiconductor, Comsys, NextWave Broadband, RedDot Wireless, Redpine Signals, Samsung, TeleCIS, Troicom and Wavesat.
  • Sequans Communications announced that SOMA Networks is using Sequans’ new SQN2130 chips in SOMA’s FlexMAX Mobile WiMAX System. SOMA’s FlexMAX ABS-1000 macro basestation is OBSAI-compliant and leverages the SQN1130 chip for use in the FlexMAX subscriber gateway family. “Sequans is first to market with the most complete Mobile WiMAX chip solution for both base stations and gateway devices,” said Tom Flak, Senior Vice President of Operations at SOMA Networks.
  • The UK’s Pipex Communications has announced plans to spin off its WiMAX venture called Pipex Wireless and sell its remaining web hosting and business services activities. Developed with Intel, Pipex Wireless has been testing wireless services in a handful of cities in the UK and is set to launch commercial services in the fourth quarter in Manchester. Meanwhile, as part of the company’s strategic review, Oakley Capital has shown interest in acquiring the rest of Pipex. Peter Rubens, a limited partner at Oakley, also sits on the Pipex board. An independent board committee, excluding Rubens, will be set up to evaluate offers for the rest of the group.
  • Wavesat announced that they are working with IBM on the development of a high performance very power efficient 802.16e WiMAX chipset. Wavesat’s UMobile 802.16e chipset will be manufactured by IBM using advanced eDRAM process technology and features MIMO 2×2, embedded DRAM in a single package for small form-factors and very low power consumption at 150 mW in receive mode, using ultra low power DSP technology.
  • WiChorus, a developer of a scalable gateway and Aperto Networks, builder of advanced WiMAX base stations, today announced the companies have successfully completed interoperability testing for R6 interoperability based on the WiMAX Forum’s NWG 1.0.0 specification for fixed and mobile WiMAX operators.
  • ZyXEL Communications today unveiled two new WiMAX Base Stations. ZyXEL’s MAX-3200 Picocell and MAX-1200 Femtocell Base Stations provide enhanced WiMAX coverage, increased 4G network capacity, improved indoor radio penetration and maximized CAPEX/OPEX savings. Each Picocell Base Station can handle under 100 concurrent users with high performance using MIMO radio technologies. The MAX-1200 Femtocell Base Station can handle under 10 concurrent users simultaneously accessing the mobile WiMAX network in locations such as a digital home, small office or home office.

    ZyXEL’s WiMAX product line also includes the MAX-100 PCMCIA card for mobile users and the MAX-200 CPE, a plug-and-play router designed for home users, which will be used by Sprint.

  • During the second half of 2008, Centrino laptops with embedded WiFi/WiMax using Intel’s Broad Peak WiMax chipset should be available from Asustek, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba and Matsushita, while Nokia will have WiMAX-enabled webtablets and other devices.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 at 11:54 am .

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