IPCS sues Sprint over ‘new’ Clearwire

Only days after Sprint and Clearwire announced plans to combine their respective WiMAX businesses, Sprint affiliate iPCS has slapped a law suit on the third largest operator in the US. According to the affiliate, the ‘new’ Clearwire would violate a service exclusivity arrangement that it struck with Sprint in 1999 for the seven states in which […]

India takes Soma to realise WiMAX dream

State-owned Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Ltd (BSNL) said Friday it has tapped US WiMAX kit vendor Soma Networks to deploy what it claims is the largest WiMAX network in India. The 802.16e-2005 mobile WiMAX network will be rolled out across three circles, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, and Andhra Pradesh and will provide broadband data […]

What’s up with FDD WiMAX?

There seems to be some confusion brewing in the WiMAX camp, after revelations that the WiMAX Forum has been working on an FDD profile for the technology and is aiming to implement it within six months. The assertion came from Paul Senior, CTO of Airspan and founding member of the WiMAX Forum, who recently told […]

DoCoMo disbands WiMAX partnership

Following its failure to secure a chunk of WiMAX spectrum in December, leading Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has dissolved its wireless broadband partnership with ACCA Wireless. Network technology firm ACCA had entered into a strategic partnership with DoCoMo last summer, for the purpose of securing a license to provide broadband wireless services based on mobile […]

Sprint to launch WiMAX end-April

US wireless operator Sprint said it is on track to launch WiMAX services to consumers and businesses at the end of April. This week, Barry West, president of Sprint’s Xohm business unit, also revealed that the company would be making its wireless broadband network available on a daily, weekly or monthly subscription basis. A soft […]

UK gets commercial WiMAX service

UK wireless broadband provider, Freedom4 has joined forces with Milton Keynes Council to offer what it claims is the first UK commercial wireless broadband service using WiMAX. From Tuesday, ConnectMK – a private company formed by Milton Keynes Council – will be providing residents and businesses in the Milton Keynes area with access to WiMAX […]

Sprint remains on track for 2008 WiMAX launch

Despite the recent break up of its WiMAX joint venture with Clearwire, US carrier Sprint Nextel remains on track for a commercial launch of the wireless broadband technology next year. Sprint is soft launching its WiMAX network in three markets between now and Christmas, with several hundred employees testing the network over data cards. After […]

WiMAX coming to Russia in 2008

Russian fixed line operator Comstar said Wednesday that it has tapped Intel to help it build out a mobile WiMAX network in the Moscow region. Comstar, which is majority owned by Sistema, the Russian conglomerate which also runs leading mobile carrier MTS, said it plans to launch the network before the end of 2008. The […]

UK Broadband gets green light for mobile WiMAX

The UK’s communications watchdog has given wireless broadband operator, UK Broadband, the go ahead to connect to mobile devices using WiMAX technology. UK Broadband, which operates under the ‘now’ brand as a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s PCCW, acquired a nationwide 3.5GHz licence in 2004. It subsequently launched wireless broadband services based on UMTS-TDD (TD-CDMA) in […]

MTN deploys WiMAX in Cameroon

Pan-African carrier MTN confirmed it interest in WiMAX on Wednesday, tapping kit vendor Redline Communications to build a 12 city WiMAX network in Cameroon. Christian de Faria, MTN’s vice president for the West and Central Africa Region, confessed his interest in the wireless broadband technology earlier this year, telling telcoms.com that the company was looking […]

Sprint, Clearwire call off WiMAX partnership

Sprint Nextel’s plans for WiMAX took a knock on Friday, as build out partner Clearwire announced a termination of their original agreement. As US-based WiMAX proponent Clearwire reported its third quarter results on Friday, the company revealed that it and Sprint have terminated their obligations regarding the WiMAX build out partnership announced in July. Under […]

Sprint downturn puts WiMAX plans in doubt

A drop in earnings has put the WiMAX plans of US carrier Sprint Nextel into further doubt, as the company continues its search for a new leader. On Thursday, the operator reported a 77 per cent drop in third quarter net income from $279m a year ago to $64m this year. Consolidated net operating revenues […]

Cisco gets in on WiMAX game

Networking giant Cisco said Tuesday that it has agreed to spend $330m on the acquisition of WiMAX kit maker Navini Networks. Texas-based Navini develops smart beamforming technologies with MIMO (Multi-Input Multi-Output) antennas, making it a strategic player in the Mobile WiMAX 802.16e space. The new addition will extend Cisco’s wifi and wifi mesh portfolios to […]

WiMAX approved as 3G standard

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is expected to announce that WiMAX has been approved as a 3G IMT-2000 standard on Friday. The move will allow WiMAX deployments to occupy globally allocated frequency bands and complement or compete with other 3G technologies. The agreement is understood to have been reached in an ITU meeting held late […]

Moto scores Taiwan WiMAX deal

US vendor Motorola said Monday that it has a major WiMAX infrastructure contract with Taiwanese operator Far EasTone (FET). FET, which holds around a 33 per cent share of the local mobile market, is also a key player in the Taiwanese government’s M-Taiwan project – an initiative to create a standards compliant environment supporting services, […]

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 […]

Nokia, Intel to unleash WiMAX devices in 2008

WiMAX-enabled devices will be coming to town next year, according to a pact made between chip giant Intel and Nokia/Nokia Siemens Networks on Wednesday. The trio announced that they are testing interoperability across Intel’s forthcoming WiMAX silicon for laptops and mobile devices, Nokia WiMAX devices and NSN network kit. Nokia is to use Intel’s WiMAX […]

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