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Italy home of widest WiMAX public trial to date
Posted: 13-Sep-2005 [Source: Airspan Networks]

[Marconi and Airspan Networks to provide support for the widest public trial of WiMAX, set for Italy's Piedmont and Sicily regions.]

Boca Raton, FL -- Marconi Corporation plc announced it has been selected to support the widest public trial of Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) to date, providing WiMAX connectivity in Italy's Piedmont and Sicily regions. The selection was made by a working party including representatives from the Italian Ministry of Communications, the Italian Ministry of Defence and the Ugo Bordoni Foundation, which is coordinating the trial at national level.

Working in partnership with Airspan Networks Inc., Marconi will deploy Airspan's AS.MAX family of WiMAX broadband wireless access products. The AS.MAX product family is IEEE 802.16-2004 compliant and, thanks to its Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology, it can be upgraded to be IEEE 802.16e compliant, to include Spatial Division Multiple Access advanced services.

Marconi was selected for the trials by the working party due to its ability to provide indoor self-installable and outdoor customer premise terminals, which work in line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight environments, allowing the AS.MAX product family to operate in urban, suburban and rural areas. The success of the trials will underline the effectiveness of WiMAX and provide a scalable, customisable and competitive Wireless Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line network allowing operators to bridge the digital divide in a number of Italian regions.

"This trial is an exciting development for the broadband wireless access market in Europe. Marconi's involvement in the first ever public trials highlights our unique capability and expertise in implementing multiservice wireless networks," said Giorgio Bertolina, managing director of Southern Europe and Central & Latin America for Marconi. "The trial will ensure that, in the future, economic broadband wireless connectivity is made available for every resident and business in diverse geographical areas of Italy."

"The progress made in Italy towards embracing the benefits of the WiMAX technology has been very impressive. We believe that WiMAX will bring the customers in Italy more choice and more flexible broadband access. We are were pleased with the progress we have made with Marconi as our partners and look forward to serving the Italian community with our technology," said Mahir Ozdamar, Airspan's Vice President Business Development.

The Airspan AS.MAX product family has been submitted for the initial phase of the WiMAX compatibility certification trials that are currently being carried out at CETECOM(TM), the official certification laboratory of WiMAX Forum(TM), located in Malaga, Spain.

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