Clearwire Communications, LLC, an operating subsidiary of Clearwire Corporation, announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with WiMAX operators UQ Communications of Japan (UQ) and Yota of Russia that identifies the objectives and activities each operator will perform towards the realization of establishing WiMAX roaming between the operators.
Under the MOU, Clearwire, UQ, and Yota plan to collaborate on business and technical aspects of their respective operations to define and institute the process necessary to support international roaming and to ensure the operators’ systems and devices are able to support roaming. Additionally, the operators will work with Clearwire’s Global Alliance Partner Program members and other WiMAX operators to ensure that seamless roaming occurs in an increasing number of countries. Furthermore, the collaboration will leverage WiMAX Forum roaming guidelines, specifications and templates where necessary to help meet business objectives.
“Today’s announcement confirms mobile WiMAX technology’s maturity and robustness and reaffirms that it is the only commercially available 4G standard worldwide with an available ecosystem of infrastructure and devices," said Barry West, president of Clearwire International. "With over 500 WiMAX deployments underway in about 145 countries, the existence of a roaming framework – helping to connect operators as well as WiMAX customers – is vital to advanced cross-market cooperation."
“The mobile WiMAX position in the telecom market is currently so strong, that operators are taking action to organize a civilized roaming environment,” says Dennis Sverdlov, CEO of Yota. “The trilateral MOU, signed by the leading global WiMAX operators, is evidence of that. We are committed to making telecom services easy to use for our clients, and this MOU was signed with their interests in mind.”
"WiMAX is a worldwide technology standard available in many countries, which is already giving birth to a variety of new services and end user devices," remarked Takashi Tanaka, president of UQ Communications Inc. "As a global standard, international roaming is a natural service evolution, and we, as WiMAX operators, have to work closely together to make roaming services available as quickly as possible."
Clearwire, UQ, and Yota currently offer WiMAX services in their respective domestic markets. Through mutual collaboration, the companies will provide their customers the first international WiMAX roaming capability and help 4G services to follow the same global pattern towards international accessibility as other wireless technology.
In addition to today’s announcement, Clearwire will continue to work closely with its Global Alliance Partners YTL Communications of Malaysia, wi-tribe of Pakistan, Vee Telecom of Taiwan, and Global Mobile of Taiwan to ensure successful roaming once the partner networks are commercially deployed.