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Motorola products bridge WiMAX, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, 3G

Thu, 02/07/2008 - 8:35am
Brian Santo

Motorola introduced two new WiMAX devices, a management system for WiMAX and mobile devices, and a set of home products that bridge public wireless networks (including WiMAX) with home networks. 

The new devices added to Motorola’s WiMAX product portfolio include two 802.16e Wave 2-ready WiMAX receivers, a desktop model and a PC card.

The PCCw 200 PC card can support both 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz, giving users access to nomadic and mobile connectivity with global roaming capabilities. It is expected to be available in the second quarter of this year.

The desktop unit, the CPEi 750, is a wireless broadband modem that features one data and two VoIP/ATA ports, available in both 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz. It should be commercialized by mid-2008.

Motorola’s NBBS device management system enables operators to remotely access, configure and troubleshoot consumer devices, including mobile phones, CPE and femtocells. The new 5.0 version adds features of use largely to wireless carriers. It enables broadband CPE, femtocell and mobile device management for WiMAX, GSM/UMTS and CDMA operators.

Use of the management system should reduce truck rolls, thereby lowering operational expenses. It should also help to increase revenues by accelerating new service introduction, according to Motorola.

Motorola also announced its first two 3G femtocell CPE devices, due for commercial availability in the second half of 2008.

The 8000 Series Femtocell Access Point is a stand-alone Femtocell with an Ethernet bridge. The company said it is suitable for connecting to a standard home broadband modem or a Wi-Fi gateway.

The 8100 Series Femtocell Ethernet Gateway is an integrated Femtocell access point with a 4-port Ethernet gateway, VoIP port, USB connections, and an integrated 802-11 b/g Wi-Fi router. This enables users to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi from their computers, and to the 3G cellular network via their standard 3G phone, from the same integrated home gateway.

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