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The best and worst of times for WiMAX

WiMAX is a tale of two markets – in one, the emerging wireless broadband technology has gained significant momentum in the last year, but in the larger converging broadband market, the runaway success of rival system HSDPA and the acceleration of LTE threatens the opportunity for WiMAX in some markets. In the past year, the […]

Dual mode WiMAX/LTE chipsets by 2009

Next year will see the arrival of dual mode WiMAX/LTE chipsets, according to analyst firm ABI Research. The demand, says ABI, will come from wireless device makers looking for greater economies of scale and to reduce the number of SKUs (stock-keeping units) that comes from creating devices that support both 4G standards. “Some mobile operators […]

Moto demos LTE in 700MHz

Troubled kit maker Motorola claimed it has completed the industry’s first over the air LTE data session using 700MHz spectrum on Monday. The tests were carried out using Moto’s LTE Radio Access Test Network and LTE eNode-B platform with a prototype LTE device at an outdoor location in central Illinois, US. The sessions included mobile […]

CDMA players bet on LTE, WiMAX

An unusual announcement came through from the CDMA Development Group (CDG) Tuesday morning, claiming that CDMA operators will be among the first to roll out LTE and Mobile WiMAX. Pitching a 4G strategy based on cooperation with other industry organisations is a dramatic turnaround for the CDG, whose conflicts with lobby groups for competing 2G […]

DoCoMo taps NSN, Fujitsu for LTE core

Setting the pace for adoption of next generation wireless broadband technology, Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has tapped Fujitsu and Nokia Siemens Networks for an LTE core network. According to an announcement released Monday, DoCoMo has tapped Fujitsu to implement NSN’s core Long Term Evolution (LTE) platform, which the Japanese operator also calls Super 3G. The […]

Vertical apps key for WiMAX, says analyst

Vertical services will account for 24 per cent of WiMAX subscriptions and 14 per cent of LTE subscriptions by 2014. This is one of the headline findings from a new report by Senza Fili Consulting: “Bringing Wireless Broadband to Vertical Markets: a high-margin revenue stream from operators and compelling services for enterprises.” According to the […]

WiMAX and LTE set to battle over US D block

US communications regulator the FCC is to take another crack at auctioning off the so called ‘D block’ of 700MHz spectrum, with FCC chairman Kevin Martin proposing new and more attractive conditions. Earlier this year, the D block was one of eight licences that remained unsold after failing to meet its reserve price of $1.3bn […]

Nortel completes mobile hand off with LTE

Canadian kit maker Nortel this week enjoyed the first fruits of its labour after recently switching its focus to LTE. On Thursday, the company claimed to have completed the world’s first mobile LTE live air handover. Engineers at Nortel’s Research and Development Centre of Excellence in Ottawa, Canada, streamed HD video to a prototype LTE […]

WiMAX to lose out to HSPA+, LTE

An estimated 2.1 billion wireless broadband customers are forecast to generate $784bn in service revenue by 2015, according to figures released this week. But industry analyst Analysys Mason warns that cellular technologies are set to dominate the wireless broadband services market, with twenty times as many users as WiMAX by the end of 2015. Analysys […]

OBSAI integrates LTE into base station platform

The base station ninjas at OBSAI (the Open Base Station Architecture Initiative) said Friday that it has incorporated LTE into its base station architecture for the first time. OBSAI is an industry forum devoted to the creation of a suite of open specifications for base station architectures, and this latest news means that the forum’s […]

LTE backers prepare for interoperability tests

Next generation wireless technology backers this week outlined plans for cross vendor device to network interoperability testing of Long Term Evolution (LTE). The LTE SAE Trial Initiative (LSTI), a global group of LTE equipment vendors and operators, which is fostering the development of a global LTE ecosystem, launched the initiative to ensure a wide range […]

Nortel gains on 4G shift; offloads WiMAX development

Canadian equipment vendor Nortel Networks watched its shares soar 13 per cent on Wednesday, after the company announced plans to shift its 4G focus to LTE, rather than WiMAX. Nortel will offload its WiMAX initiative into a strategic agreement with WiMAX kit vendor Alvarion, supplying core network solutions, backhaul, applications, and global services, to be […]

LTE backers complete test calls

Wireless broadband technology Long Term Evolution (LTE), moved a step closer to commercial reality on Thursday as Alcatel-Lucent and LG Electronics announced the completion of test calls. The companies, which carried out the multi-vendor interoperability testing initiative using Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE kit and mobile device prototypes from LG, said the announcement represented a key milestone in […]

WiMAX gaining serious momentum

The global telecoms industry is on the cusp of major change, with operators fast approaching decision time regarding their 4G strategies. According to a study released by ABI Research this week, the critical choice to be made is whether to go down the WiMAX or the LTE (Long Term Evolution) route. Already mobile WiMAX 802.16e […]

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