In my last post, I discussed the benefits of Advanced Antenna Subsystem (AAS) techniques and the RF advances they enable – MIMO, Beamforming, and MIMO+BF in terms of technology. Now I’d like to look at the same technologies, but from the standpoint of service provider economics and the SP business case.
MIMO-A (space time coding) is for robustness while mobile, in a fading environment. The base station sends all the same data twice, once from each… Continue
Added by Paul Sergeant on January 29, 2009 at 12:00pm —
On Thursday January 22, 2008, Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT) launched the mobile WiMAX service in Libya. In the first phase, LTT aims to provide the service to 300,000 subscribers in the country. Mobile WiMAX is now available in eighteen Libyan cities, including Tripoli, Benghazi, Sabha, Sirte, Misurata, Khomus, Ijdabia, Al Baidha, Gharyan, Benwaleed, Zuwara, Tarhun, Al Brega, Obari, Zleitin, Zawia, Raslanuf and Ghadames. We do not know if the WiMAX network is being used for true mobile… Continue
Added by Alan J Weissberger on January 24, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Program provides WiMAX Forum member companies with database needed to launch next-generation roaming services. For details, please visit:
Roaming will be required once multiple MOBILE WiMAX networks are operational in the U.S. or in other countries (especially Taiwan and India). Roaming would also be helpful for nomadic WiMAX service offered by different carriers… Continue
Added by Alan J Weissberger on January 23, 2009 at 5:30pm —
Infonetics Research recently surveyed carriers to determine the "top vendors" in the mobile WiMAX equipment market. The carriers chose Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, and Huawei as the top four vendors. Nine additional vendors received votes for top WiMAX equipment vendor from a smaller number of carriers surveyed.
The Infonetics report: Perception Is Everything: WiMAX Vendor Leadership Service Provider Survey
shows that the top 4 vendors are front-runners in… Continue
Added by Alan J Weissberger on January 23, 2009 at 11:17am —
February is MWC month, and an all expenses paid trip to Barcelona, pickpocket capital of the world after Florence, Italy (a.k.a. Firenza). I will be there, working 9 to 9 every day. Here's what I expect:
1) LTE everywhere! Not products, but prototypes
2) Smaller crowds, fewer booths - the recession bites
3) A valiant effort from WiMAX to steal a share of the Mobile Internet spotlight
4) An equally valiant effort from Ericsson and the GSMA to get it… Continue
Added by Paul Sergeant on January 22, 2009 at 2:30pm —
On January 16, 2009, NEC Corporation and ArrayComm LLC announced a collaboration to develop new WiMAX products that include NEC's PasoWings base station and ArrayComm’s A-MAS(TM) multi-antenna signal processing software. The joint effort is targerted at delivering WiMAX base station products beginning mid-2009.
NEC states that its PasoWings platform, "brings development, manufacturing, system integration, and field installation expertise into the joint effort."
For further… Continue
Added by Alan J Weissberger on January 17, 2009 at 8:30pm —
There is a lot of disinformation being spread in the WiMAX community about my subject of today, beamforming, and about other advanced RF technologies such as MIMO. Some vendors try to portray them as opposite, competing technologies. I see them as complementary. Someone has to set the record straight…..
The WiMAX Forum identified and standardized two “Advanced Antenna System” (AAS) technologies, and included them in the so-called “Wave 2” profiles for Mobile WiMAX. These were MIMO… Continue
Added by Paul Sergeant on January 12, 2009 at 10:25am —
We noted the absence of major vendor MID announcements at CES. Based on our Jan 08 IEEE ComSoc meeting presentation (Internet in Your Pocket presentation by Rama Shukla of Intel), we were expecting a raft of WiMAX capable MIDs to be announced at CES. We were disappointed.
While not having attended CES, we did see blog posts about Yukyung’s Viliv "X70 AtoM Communications MID." For info please visit:
The company is based in… Continue
Added by Alan J Weissberger on January 10, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Several industry analysts have cautioned that Clearwire, despite receiving $3.2 billion in capital investments from Intel, Google, Comcast and others, may not have enough capital to proceed with an overly ambitious rollout plan and may have to significantly scale back its deployment plans. Do you think they will have enough money to proceed with 7… Continue
Added by Alan J Weissberger on January 7, 2009 at 4:30pm —
5 Jan 2009
It appears that the Foggy weather in Delhi extends to much more than just atmosphere, certainly to the Foggy Policies and to the ministries of Telecom and Finance. The Ministry of Finance has recommended the doubling of the reserve prices to $ 8 Billion for 3G and $ 4 Billion for WiMAX. Even though such events are quite common to policy watchers and hardly ruffle any feathers, this one takes the cake for a number of reasons.
In principle we… Continue
Added by Amitabh on January 5, 2009 at 7:30am —
reports that Alvarion won a contract to supply its 4Motion-based WiMAX technology to 13 regions of Italy representing about 80% of the country. The contract is with Linkem SpA, a major WiMAX license holder in Italy and one of the country's largest providers of wireless broadband.
: While many WiMAX start-up equipment companies struggle and Alcatel-Lucent cuts spending on product… Continue
Added by Alan J Weissberger on December 24, 2008 at 1:00pm —
Ahead of LTE, AT&T tests 7.2 Mbps speeds in Chicago
Wireless provider sets sights on HSPA+
December 18 2008 - 2:13 pm ET | Allie Winter | RCR Wireless News
AT&T Mobility is in no hurry to transition to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. In response to accelerated next-generation rollout schedules by Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility spokesman Mark Siegel said the carrier has plenty of room for upgrades before making the switch to… Continue
Added by Paul Sergeant on December 18, 2008 at 3:29pm —
There are a few small scale deployments of WiMAX already in Latin America, but spectrum remains an issue, especially in the biggest country in South America, Brasil ("Brazil" to English speakers).
I just spent much of this week south of the equator in Rio de Janeiro, by the famous beach, where it is now late spring. Don't feel sorry for me.......
But I was there to work, not play, at the WiMAX Forum's Latin America Congress. The spectrum regulator, Anatel, is struggling… Continue
Added by Paul Sergeant on December 5, 2008 at 3:41pm —
Major broadband operators who have been trying to make the best of WiMAX technology may now have reason to cheer as the DOT plans to auction the prime WiMAX spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band. This auction, which forms a part of the pre-announced plan for the auction of 3G and WiMAX spectrum is being considered very important by the potential bidders owing to many reasons.
First, the 2.5 GHz band is ideally suited for Mobile WiMAX and WiMAX Forum approved profiles and devices certified for the… Continue
Added by Amitabh on November 27, 2008 at 11:13pm —
Cisco has entered the systems integration business by agreeing to build a new mobile WiMAX network in Malaysia with YTL e-Solutions Berhad (YTLE), a subsidiary of YTL Corporation Berhad. Under that agreement, Cisco will build and integrate YTLE’s WiMAX core network - which includes IP CORE, Operating Support Systems, Billing Systems, Proactive Network Operating Center (PNOC), and Interoperability Testing labs - to help YTL quickly operationalize and launch new services. This type of… Continue
Added by Alan J Weissberger on November 27, 2008 at 2:18pm —
Demonstration system using AxisNT’s remote radio head and CommAgility’s signal processing board shown at LTE World Summit
LTE World Summit, London, UK
–– CommAgility and Axis Network Technology announced today that they are working together to develop solutions for WiMAX and LTE (Long Term Evolution of 3GPP) baseband processing for wireless basestations. At the LTE World Summit (www.lteconference.com) in London, the two companies are demonstrating the interoperability… Continue
Added by Helen on November 19, 2008 at 11:51am —
New platform design follows successful WiMAX RRH format to lower CAPEX and OPEX and provide scalability and flexibility for LTE networks
LTE World Summit, London, UK
–– Axis Network Technology (AxisNT) has announced the launch of a family of Remote Radio Heads (RRH) for OEM deployment of LTE networks worldwide. The LTE platform, with 20W output power, is based on the same innovative design principles as AxisNT’s successful WiMAX RRH, which is already being manufactured… Continue
Added by Helen on November 19, 2008 at 11:30am —
The WCAI organization is composed primarilly of WiMAX supporters, so the overwhelming content at their conferences is devoted to evangelize and promote WiMAX in all forms. LTE is only discussed in the context of being synergistic with WiMAX rather than being competitive. Therefore, the majority of this report is focused on WiMAX. We'll try to capture the highlights of several marketing and business related sessions.
: Dr.… Continue
Added by Alan J Weissberger on November 16, 2008 at 7:55pm —
Ok, so the real subject is being certified. As in "certified by the WiMAX Forum", or at least, its surrogate, AT4. Certification is going to be a must, but not for the reason that most people think.
The actual certification test, which is performed using a document issued the WiMAX Forum's Certification Working Group (or GWG), tests interoperability between a base station, and a different vendor's subscriber modem or CPE device, and then repeats the same tests with another CPE from… Continue
Added by Paul Sergeant on November 12, 2008 at 6:33pm —
Ericsson maxes out speeds in LTE field tests
In field trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE), the ITU based "4G" mobile technology, Ericsson has surpassed speeds of 100 Mbps, the company said. Using four transmit streams (the maximum number supported in the LTE standard), four receive antennas and bandwidth of 10 MHz, the measured peak rates exceeded 130M bps. This translates into approximately 260M bps, given the maximum bandwidth of 20 MHz, according to an article in Ericsson Review.… Continue
Added by Alan J Weissberger on October 25, 2008 at 1:23am —