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Motorola unveils second 802.16e WiMAX Solution
Posted: 22-May-2006 [Source: Motorola]

[Motorola expands MOTOxi4 portfolio with addition of third-party PCMCIA card incorporating an 802.16e chip from Beceem Communications.]

WiMAX World Europe, Vienna -- Motorola, Inc. continues to show its WiMAX leadership with the latest addition to its MOTOwi4(TM) portfolio of wireless broadband solutions. At WiMAX World Europe, Motorola's new carrier-class WiMAX network will be used to perform rich media downloads and video streaming through a laptop PC using a third-party PCMCIA card that incorporates an 802.16e chip from Beceem Communications.

This is Motorola's first public demonstration of third-party interoperability of its WiMAX products and shows how Motorola's MOTOwi4 wireless broadband solutions can help people stay seamlessly connected wherever they may be. At its booth #202 Motorola also will be featuring live demonstrations of its 802.16e-based Ultra Light Access Point for 3.5 GHz fixed applications, Canopy solutions in 5 GHz spectrum, and IP video telephony all connected through an IMS core.

The Motorola carrier-class WiMAX network, supporting both 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz, is an 802.16e solution that uses advanced antenna techniques to provide greater coverage range and building penetration. Designed to support fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile applications, the carrier-class WiMAX access point will meet the needs of operators offering in-building fixed and portable service, as well those marketing personal broadband, mobile WiMAX applications and services.

"The carrier-class WiMAX network shows our further progress in delivering a broad range of end-to-end WiMAX offerings," said Dan Coombes, senior vice president, chief technical officer, Motorola Networks & Enterprise, and general manager, Wireless Broadband. "As we continue development of our WiMAX infrastructure and customer premise equipment, we're working with third-party vendors to test for and promote interoperability, which is critical to widespread industry adoption of the 802.16e standard and this new technology."

"Demonstrating interoperability of IEEE 802.16e standards-based equipment between Beceem's terminal chipset and Motorola's network within six months of the standard's approval shows the commitment of key WiMAX Forum(TM) members to work together to ensure that operators have a full range of WIMAX equipment available for their network trials and deployments," said Shahin Hedayat, CEO and co-founder of Beceem. "We are focused on the development of mobile WiMAX solutions that support interoperability of chipsets, access networks and subscriber devices, and our 802.16e terminal chipsets are achieving this goal today."

"Motorola continues to be a leading promoter of WiMAX, developing a portfolio of end-to-end 802.16e WiMAX solutions for many different market needs -- from compact 'light' base stations through high-capacity carrier- class products integrating multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO)," said Peter Jarich, Current Analysis. "Motorola's demonstration of interoperability with third-party vendors is another significant step in helping to advance the development of and acceptance of WiMAX and getting a jumpstart on 802.16e- based WiMAX certifications."

Motorola's carrier-class WiMAX network is based on its Carrier Access Point architecture, an all-IP fully distributed peer-to-peer architecture that reduces the amount of equipment needed thereby helping to reduce capital expenditures. The carrier-class WiMAX access points also feature a combination of MIMO antenna techniques and software defined radios (SDR) that, along with the IP architecture, provides flexibility in network deployment and enables operators to choose among many third-party vendors to add applications and services.

Motorola's carrier-class WiMAX networks are expected to ship for customer trials by the end of 2006 while the Ultra Light Access Point is already shipping for customer trials.

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