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WiMAX World roundup: Nortel, Airspan, InfiNet, Zyxel, Adaptix, Analog Devices

Tue, 10/10/2006 - 8:20am
Brian Santo, CED

Nortel unveiled what it is calling an end-to-end mobile MIMO-powered WiMAX solution, supporting Internet-Everywhere, mobile video, VoIP, streaming media, data applications and mobile electronic commerce. Nortel says its MIMO-based mobile WiMAX can deliver three times the speed and twice the subscriber capacity with greater range and building penetration in urban areas compared to non-MIMO WiMAX solutions.

Nortel's WiMAX product set includes new MIMO base station transceivers, access service network gateways, connectivity services networks, mobile subscriber stations and network management systems.

Airspan Networks has begun shipping its MicroMAX Base Station, its first commercial product in the 5.8 GHz frequency band with the TDD WiMAX profile. The company said it will add MicroMAX frequencies in the 3.3-3.4 GHz TDD band by year's end. Airspan previously sold base stations in the 3.5 GHz FDD band.

InfiNet Wireless announced its SkyMAN NG universal platform, which enables fixed and mobile broadband wireless access for WiMAX, Mesh and Wi-Fi networks in a single platform. The system provides wireless backhaul, based on the company's multi-layer mesh topology with distributed wireless switch and access networks. The company said its universal hardware platform also incorporates TDM for voice transfer (multiple E-1/T-1).

Zyxel Communications announced two new broadband gateways: the MAX-200H and MAX-300. The gateways combine WiMAX, Wi-Fi, VoIP and security. The MAX-200H router includes an advanced firewall, built-in Wi-Fi access, a 4-port Ethernet switch and VoIP capability. The MAX-300 is the outdoor version of the MAX-200H.

Adaptix announced pricing and availability for its line of compact mobile base stations and mobile terminals. The BX-3000 series of Mobile Base Stations will be available starting at $19,995 for a single-sector configuration. A high-performance three-sector base station configuration is also available at volume street pricing starting at $39,995. Options include hardware redundancy, intermediate and long reach fiber optics and a variety of indoor and outdoor RF unit options with different power and antenna configurations.

Analog Devices said it is demonstrating the first two devices in a family of RF (radio frequency) transceivers for WiMAX certified terminals. ADI said the new transceivers integrate all analog signal processing technology on a single chip to help drive down price and improve performance. The transceivers are priced starting at $14.95 per unit in 1,000-piece quantities.

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