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Motorola, Nortel: WiMAX Conference update

Thu, 09/27/2007 - 8:26am
Brian Santo

Nortel said it plans to sell not only WiMAX network infrastructure to its service provider clientele, but also WiMAX-enabled consumer devices. The company mentioned devices such as PC express cards and USB dongles for WiMAX connectivity on laptops, as well as indoor routers and outdoor gateways for WiMAX to the home or business. Many of these devices would apparently be supplied by LG.

Peter MacKinnon, who is GM of Nortel WiMAX & Wireless Mesh, and chairman of the LG-Nortel JV, said, “Leveraging our leadership in mobile technologies and partnering with the best device and chipset manufacturers in the world, Nortel is creating end-to-end WiMAX solutions that any carrier, from the largest service providers to small operators just entering the broadband market, can use to deliver the personal broadband experience, including mobile VoIP and video that is essential to Hyperconnectivity.”

Motorola said it received a contract to design and deploy an 802.16e WiMAX network in Uganda for Warid Telecom Uganda, a subsidiary of Warid International. Motorola is currently working with another Warid International subsidiary, Wateen Telecom in Pakistan, on the deployment and management of a nationwide end-to-end 802.16e WiMAX network.

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