Following its recent announcement of the world's first nationwide 802.16e WiMAX network in Pakistan, Motorola, Inc. today continues its aggressive leadership in WiMAX technology with plans to develop a comprehensive ecosystem for personal broadband "on the go."
The commitment furthers the company's MOTOwi4 strategy and extends its recent product introductions -- including a carrier-class WiMAX access point -- by incorporating plans to work with multiple chipset suppliers to help ensure that a proliferation of WiMAX enabled devices are available at attractive prices to meet the anticipated global demand for WiMAX technology.
Motorola is building on its previously announced relationship with Intel to promote 802.16e WiMAX by working with other technology leaders to ensure there will be a complete ecosystem for delivering the benefits of WiMAX and for demonstrating its value proposition at every point from WiMAX-enabled handsets and customer premise equipment to basestations, PC cards and chipsets.
WiMAX is a converged network solution capable of delivering everything from voice to video and broadcast within one architecture model. With WIMAX, carriers are able to deploy next-generation IP networks now that are cost effective and technically advanced for delivering multimedia services.
For example, existing service providers can overlay 2G cellular networks with WiMAX, while 3G operators can leverage WiMAX to improve backhaul operations. New entrants, like Wateen in Pakistan, also can benefit by using WiMAX for greenfield installations of broadband networks.
Motorola, a key participant in the WiMAX industry, has been a principal member of the WiMAX Forum since 2004, and has been an active contributor to the IEEE 802.16 committees, especially those focused on mobility and internetworking.