Vodacom’s WiMAX pricing comes under fire

South African mobile operator Vodacom, in partnership with WiMAX licence holder Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), has announced it will launch WiMAX services in October. Vodacom, which is 50 per cent owned by Vodafone, is targeting high end consumers, SMEs and large corporates with its WiMAX portfolio and hopes to lure ADSL and leased line customers […]

Redtone launches WiMAX in East Malaysia

Redtone, using base stations and CPE equipment from Motorola, has launched the first commercial WiMAX service in East Malaysia. The first phase of the WiMAX network covers the Kota Kinabalu business district.    Redtone’s WiMAX licence – a 25MHz slice of spectrum in the 2.3GHz frequency band – will allow the company to extend coverage across […]

P1 first out of WiMAX traps in Malaysia

Packet One (P1), a 2.3GHz mobile WiMAX licence holder in Peninsular Malaysia, has become the first operator in the country to launch commercial WiMAX services. The initial promotional offer is RM99 ($30) per month for customers signing up to a 12-month contract for a 1.2Mbps service. A 2.4Mbps service is available at RM299 ($89) per […]

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 […]

AT&T tries to rain on Clearwire’s parade

Leading US wireless operator AT&T is seeking to put a crimp in Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire’s plans to merge assets and form a nationwide WiMAX network. Late last week the carrier filed a petition with US communications regulator the FCC, requesting that the authority refuse the merger. In June, the new Clearwire, which is to be […]

WiMAX backers applaud EC decision on 2.6GHz band

Industry association the WiMAX Forum has welcomed a recent decision by the European Commission to allow regulators to be flexible in the amount of FDD (paired) and TDD (unpaired) spectrum they award in the 2.6GHz frequency band. The EC decision is a significant one for the WiMAX community as it is a move away from […]

Femtocells offer helping hand to WiMAX

Femtocells have been making waves in the cellular industry for some time now and were high on the agenda at this year’s mobile event in Barcelona. But proponents of the technology are in Amsterdam this week to raise awareness of the technology’s potential for WiMAX operators. Speaking at the Global Congress’ free seminar programme, Simon […]

WiMAX deployments pass the 300 mark

In his keynote presentation at the inaugural WiMAX Forum Global Congress this week, Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum, announced that the number of WiMAX deployments around the world now stands at 305 in 118 countries. It’s a significant jump from the 260 WiMAX deployments in 110 countries, which was announced by […]

WiMAX catches the Wave 2 with 2.5GHz certification

The WiMAX industry has passed another significant milestone as the first mobile products to be certified at 2.5GHz, and using Wave 2, were unveiled by the WiMAX Forum on the first day of the Global Congress event in Amsterdam. Eight suppliers received the WiMAX Forum Certified stamp of approval for a total of ten Wave […]

TDF flies WiMAX flag in France

European network service provider TDF has tapped Motorola to design and deploy 802.16e WiMAX networks for several regions in France. The network will be operated by TDF subsidiary HDRR, which provides network services to broadcasters and telecom operators throughout Europe. The three year frame agreement, announced at the WiMAX Forum Global Congress yesterday, follows an […]

WiMAX to deliver new breed of mobile web devices

The arrival of the Apple iPhone has paved the way for a new breed of ultra mobile internet devices, signalling a greater impetus in mobile computing. This was the sentiment discussed by a handful of the industry’s biggest mobile device developers during the Notebook computer manufacturer fireside chat – “Expanding the Notebook Computer market with […]

Multimedia is the main event for WiMAX

WiMAX kit vendor NextWave Wireless will be showing off its next generation mobile multimedia platform this week, demonstrating mobile TV, interactive media services, and digital audio – features it expects to drive the WiMAX market forward. According to the equipment manufacturer, the opportunities for WiMAX are a “tale of two markets.” Firstly there are the […]

Emerging markets dominate WiMAX deployments

Emerging markets, short on fixed line broadband offerings, accounted for more than 70 per cent of WiMAX subscribers globally in 2007, according to recently released research. Industry analyst Pyramid Research recently concluded a review of commercial WiMAX networks across the world and discovered that WiMAX operators have been adding new customers at a rate of […]

WiMAX to help deliver connectivity to 5 billion

By 2015, there will be more than 5 billion wireless connections worldwide, and as much as 97 per cent of these new subscriptions will come from emerging markets, with at least half of this amount coming from India and China. In line with these forecasts, infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks sees connectivity as its prime […]

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 […]

Intel pushes back Montevina launch date

Chip giant Intel has delayed the launch of its Montevina platform (Centrino 2), the US vendor’s next generation of silicon chips for notebooks capable of supporting both wifi and mobile WiMAX. The complete Montevina chipset platform was originally scheduled to start shipping to PC manufacturers at the end of June, but has now been pushed […]

India to issue WiMAX and 3G guidelines in June

The Indian government is to issue guidelines on the auction of 3G and WiMAX network licences next month, according to telecom minister Andimuthu Raja. Speaking at a recent industry conference in Delhi, Raja said the licence conditions would allow for foreign participation. Under Indian law, up to 74 per cent of an Indian company can […]

Alvarion scores 3.3GHz WiMAX deal in UK

WiMAX kit vendor Alvarion said this week that it has won a contract to deploy infrastructure in the 3.3GHz spectrum for UK network provider Metranet. Metranet is operating in this frequency through a Non-Operational Temporary license from regulator Ofcom. Alvarion’s BreezeMAX base stations and CPEs will enable Metranet to provide backhaul for it network of […]

Virgin brings WiMAX to Russia

A Swiss based telecom holding company, Trivon, has formed a partnership with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to bring WiMAX services to Russia under the Virgin Connect brand. Over the weekend, Trivon, which operates the network, launched services in 32 Russian regions including Moscow, St. Petersburg and the 20 largest cities where it holds the required licences […]

Get it while it’s hot: Sprint’s mobile WiMAX is ready

US operator and WiMAX pin up Sprint has announced that Samsung has met its commercial acceptance criteria for mobile WiMAX. This means Sprint is happy with the overall performance, handoff performance and handoff delay. Korean vendor Samsung is building out mobile WiMAX networks for Sprint in Baltimore and Washington DC. Since finalising a supply agreement […]