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Global WiMAX Leaders in Beijing Demo First Interoperable WiMAX Products
Posted: 11-Nov-2005 [Source: WiMAX Forum]

[The first WiMAX Forum Plenary Meeting is underway in Asia offering manufacturers and application providers an opportunity to show their latest products and services running on WiMAX technology.]

Beijing -- Global WiMAX leaders convened this week for the first WiMAX Forum Plenary Meeting held in Asia. This meeting runs concurrently with the Global WiMAX Summit, a China event promoting WiMAX. Expected attendance for the combined events will reach 2500.

During the WiMAX Forum Plenary, WiMAX Forum member companies hold working group sessions. Plus in both events, manufacturers of systems and applications providers are showing latest products and services running on WiMAX technology. In addition, vendors demonstrate applications running on their products. These events illustrate the tremendous potential and highlight the recent global interest in delivering broadband wireless services using WiMAX technology in China as well as worldwide.

"WiMAX products are shipping and we expect to see strong momentum of rapid deployments around the globe. The growing list of 350+ WiMAX Forum members comprised of operators, equipment and chip suppliers and content providers continue to unveil new products and solutions. Currently, there are more than 150 pilot and commercial networks around the world," said Ron Resnick, president of the WiMAX Forum. "As the driving force to make WiMAX a reality today, the WiMAX Forum is on track to ensure the certification of interoperable, high-performance equipment that supports fixed, seamless, portable and mobile applications. By the end of 2005, the first group of WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) fixed network products for basic outdoor interoperability will become available. It is WiMAX Forum's sincere hope that it may establish a sound relationship with its 'Circle of Friends' in China, which includes Chinese government agencies at all levels including CATR, operators, vendors, research institutes, universities, among others, in order to work closely together toward a long-term cooperative relationship for the future development of the WiMAX technology in China."

Prior to the opening of the WiMAX Forum Plenary Meeting and the Global WiMAX Summit, the second WiMAX Forum Plugfest was held on October 30 to November 6, at the CATR laboratory. The Plugfest was designed to identify interoperability problems and different interpretations of standards, foster open technical discussions, and help refine interoperability testing for future certification testing. Participants represented a wide spectrum of leading companies in the telecommunications industry, including Airspan Networks Inc., Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Axxcelera Broadband Wireless, Huawei Technologies, PicoChip, Proxim Wireless, Redline Communications, SEQUANS Communications, Wavesat Wireless Inc., WiNetworks and ZTE Corporation, along with test equipment vendors Invenova Corporation and Sanjole. Many of the participants demonstrated solid links with other participants in FDD and TDD implementations in the 3.5 Gigahertz (GHz) frequency spectrum, which allowed vendors to conduct testing at higher layers demonstrating video streaming applications. The average throughput over the air -- dependant on modulation schemes -- ranged from 2.7 Megabits per second (Mbps) to 7.2 Mbps.

An important topic in China, WiMAX is attracting attention from the Chinese government, local operators, equipment vendors, research institutes and universities as well as other partners within the industry as evidenced by the strong showing of attendees at the WiMAX Forum Plenary and the WiMAX Summit.

"The WiMAX Forum and its members are driving the telecommunications industry to the next frontier for personal broadband. In China this is especially important as WiMAX is capable of connecting the next billion broadband users globally, especially in regions where there is no wired broadband infrastructure available," said Song Junde, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) professor. "The WiMAX Forum members and operators collaborate to ensure that the best technology, value-added applications and experiences are delivered to help drive adoption of WiMAX in the mass market."

"More than 2,000 people registered to attend the Global WiMAX Summit. Registered attendees represent a variety of diverse backgrounds including telecom vendors, operators, research institutions, government officials from all levels, university professors and students," said Liu Dong, president and CEO of BII Group and chairman of the Global WiMAX Summit.

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