Thursday, January 18, 2007

Navini demonstrates Smart Beamforming on mobile WiMAX

In a global first, Navini Networks, the leader in commercially deployed personal broadband wireless networks, is today demonstrating Smart beamforming on the Ripwave(R) MX mobile WiMAX platform live at the Wireless Communications Association (WCA) exhibition and conference at the Fairmont hotel in San Jose.

While most vendors are working towards delivering their first mobile WiMAX products based on what is known as "Wave 1" mobile WiMAX technology, Navini Networks is already showing the critical "Wave 2" functionality of beamforming on its Ripwave(R) MX platform.

"Smart beamforming is the key technology in the WiMAX standard that changes the RF game, enabling performance superior to other wireless technologies (3G et al) and Navini has been a leader in beamforming for several years," explains Sai Subramanian, VP, Strategic Marketing and Product Management for Navini Networks. "Many of the largest 'personal broadband' networks in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas already use Navini's beamforming, which is enhancing commercial service delivery inside homes and offices."

Friday, January 12, 2007

WiMAX is More Energy-Efficient than Cellular for Mobile Broadband

Energy costs represent the third most significant operating expense (OPEX) item for cellular carriers today, and fluctuating energy costs are a significant area of concern for business planners. The introduction of mobile broadband to the equation means that the energy required per subscriber arising from increasing data uptake will push per-subscriber energy OPEX for cellular solutions past acceptable barriers - unless carriers move from a traditional cellular-only approach to one that integrates WiMAX and Metro Wi-Fi.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Is BT's Fusion a flop?

BT's attempts to converge the worlds of fixed and mobile have suffered limited success, according to the telco's sales figures.

The telco has sold its so-called Fusion converged handset to just 40,000 customers since its launch in summer 2005.

Maybe the Wi-Fi variant will have more success?

Monday, January 08, 2007

Italy to roll out WiMAX

Earlier last week Italy's minister of Communications Paolo Gentiloni and the minister of Defence Arturo Parisi agreed on a plan for the deployment of WiMAX-related technologies in Italy, to begin in mid-2007. Reportedly, 3.5GHz frequency lots would be made available to the market players according to a detailed 'roadmap', which the two ministries will make public by the end of February.

UPDATE 1-Nokia signs WiMAX deal with Sprint | Reuters.com

HELSINKI, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel (S.N: Quote, Profile , Research) has picked Finland's Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile , Research) as a key infrastructure and consumer electronics device provider for its WiMAX mobile broadband network in the United States, the companies said on Friday.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

DoCoMo eyes 2010 launch for low-cost mobile broadband service: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Japan’s leading mobile operator by subscribers, NTT DoCoMo, plans to launch a high speed, low-cost mobile broadband service in 2010. The so-called ‘Super 3G’ service will require it to upgrade its existing networks, but on completion will provide transmission speeds of up to 100Mbps – many times faster than the current speeds provided by DoCoMo for its existing services. Tests on the new network are due to begin this year.

South Korea Set For 3G War | January 2, 2007 | Telecommunications Magazine

outh Korea’s mobile operators are bracing themselves for a tough battle in 2007 as they ramp up their investments in new 3G technology, and none seems more confident of victory than the incumbent.