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Alcatal claims WiMAX lead
Posted: 14-Feb-2006 [Source: Alcatel]

[Alcatel unveils its Evolium WiMAX base station at 3GSM demonstrating video streaming over the air to laptops equipped with PCMCIA cards.]

Barcelona -- On the occasion of the 3GSM World Congress 2006, Alcatel announced it had made rapid strides toward launching its industry-leading mobile WiMAX solution. The company unveiled its Evolium(R) WiMAX base station, based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard (formerly known as 802.16e), and confirmed its availability for commercial network deployments starting mid-2006 - only a few months after the IEEE ratified its standard last December.

At its booth in Barcelona, the company is giving the world a first look at its Evolium WiMAX base station. In a live showcase, Alcatel's highly compact oudoor base station - equipped with smart antenna technology - delivers video streams over the air to laptops equipped with PCMCIA cards.

This illustrates Alcatel's commitment to WiMAX as a key element of its universal broadband access strategy. Alcatel's Evolium WiMAX solution natively supports fixed, nomadic and mobile usage. Moreover, this cost-efficient, high-performance solution will help operators address end-user expectations across diverse geographies and market profiles. In the developing world, the solution will help meet the growing need for affordable VoIP-based telephony, high-speed Internet access and community services, especially in areas where no fixed broadband network exists. In more advanced markets, Alcatel's mobile WiMAX solution also promises to complement fixed and mobile networks, enabling operators to extend their service reach for broadband applications such as mobile Internet, video, gaming, and mobile office.

In addition to its active role in the WiMAX Forum(TM), Alcatel has been broadening its mobile WiMAX ecosystem over the past year, through cooperation with leading trendsetters in the definition of reference usage profiles and interoperability testing. Key collaborators include Intel Corporation, KT, Samsung and C-DOT.

Since Alcatel's agreement with Intel, announced at 3GSM last year, the two companies have collaborated to accelerate the development of mobile WiMAX technology, jointly working to ensure the ratification of the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard. Meanwhile, an interoperability testing campaign is on-track to serve the mass market by 2007 to help ensure that Intel-powered devices will work seamlessly with Alcatel's WiMAX infrastructure. Furthermore, Alcatel and Intel are pursuing co-marketing activities to boost the WiMAX market take-off by examining real-life usage models and assessing end-user behavior.

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