Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices (SHC) today announced at the WiMAX 2007 conference in Munich its new and comprehensive portfolio of WiMAX subscriber devices, which will initially consist of two modems and two gateways. All devices are based on the standard IEEE 802.16-2005 and are fully compliant to Wave 2 certification, including MIMO (Multiple Input / Multiple Output) A and B and beamforming.
The new Siemens WiMAX portfolio includes a basic modem, a VoIP modem and two feature-rich gateways: The Siemens Gigaset SX685 WiMAX gateway was designed with the small office, small enterprise or demanding residential user in mind. Four Ethernet ports enable professional network connectivity and a printer or external hard drive can be connected via a USB host. The PBX functionality for up to 6 extensions supports CLIP, call-forwarding and conferencing. Both fixed line phones and VoIP phones can be connected. On top of all these features, the flagship device, Siemens Gigaset SX686 WiMAX, offers WLAN, which can be easily switched on and off with a button.
Siemens Gigaset SX682 WiMAX is a VoIP modem that targets residential and home office users who want to combine broadband access with making calls with their traditional analog phone via IP. The modem Siemens Gigaset SE681 WiMAX is designed for the residential user who needs basic wireless broadband access. With a throughput of up to 20 Mbps on all Gigaset WiMAX devices, subscribers will benefit from high-speed broadband access.
For optimal capacity, throughput and coverage, all Siemens WiMAX CPEs are Wave 2 compliant. They combine two integrated high gain antennas which support MIMO (Matrix A and B) and adaptive beamforming to boost signal strength between the base station and WiMAX devices. They also employ Space-Time-Coding (STC) and Spatial Multiplexing (SM) to improve coverage and effectively double the data throughput. In demanding environments, all indoor CPEs can connect to an external outdoor antenna. Siemens offers outdoor antennas with a gain of up to 18 dBi.
Remote device management is key to successful WiMAX deployments. Siemens' approach eliminates costly truck rolls or prolonged technical support for the service provider. And through secure remote provisioning, authentication, configuration and management, Gigaset WiMAX devices ensure a positive user experience. With the field proven Gigaset Software Suite, Siemens offers a powerful set of remote device management tools based on TR-069. Of course, all Siemens Gigaset WiMAX devices support both the TR-069 and the OMA-DM protocols specified by the WiMAX Forum.
"We have designed a broad WiMAX portfolio based on IEEE 802.16-2005 for all customer segments from residential to business, and from basic wireless broadband access to complex network set-ups at home or in small enterprises. This offers the flexibility and choice that our customers demand. In addition, the Siemens portfolio of routers, DECT and IP phones can complement the WiMAX devices to form convergent home networking solutions," said Dr. Marc Achhammer, Senior Vice President and Head of WiMAX at Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices.
All WiMAX CPEs are developed and manufactured in Germany under the most stringent quality and environmental standards. They support the 2.3 to 2.7 and 3.4 to 3.8 GHz frequency bands and will be available for commercial shipment in 2Q 2008.