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WiMAX World: Exhibitors strut their stuff

Thu, 10/02/2008 - 8:25am
Monica Alleven, Wireless Week

CHICAGO—Amid vacuum cleaners and motorized equipment movers, the press got a rare sneak peak on the show floor of WiMAX World before it opened yesterday.

First up was Motorola. Thomas Gruba, senior director of wireless broadband marketing, had three minutes to get his points across and describe Motorola’s booth at the show. A year ago, Motorola demonstrated a mobile handoff; now it’s got a year’s worth of contracts under its belt and claims a 32 percent market share.

Then it was off to Nokia Siemens Networks, where a TV screen was situated in the trunk of a car, demonstrating WiMAX on-the-go. Workers were still spraying window cleaner on the car, getting it spiffed up before the show officially opened at noon. Like Motorola, each company had only three minutes to tell their story.

Samsung Electronics showed its mobile WiMAX solutions, showcasing several components such as U-RAS Premium and U-RAS Compact that were recently announced via Sprint’s commercial network in Baltimore, and the U-RAS Flexible used in Scartel’s network in Russia. Various types of devices in the form of a PDA, PC cards and USB modems also were on display. The company specifically pointed to the USB dongle U200, which will be used in Scartel’s commercial service and was being displayed for the first time.

Axis Network Technology was also on the tour. It announced this week that its WiMAX Remote Radio Head is now in volume production in Europe and Asia, and it has begun volume shipments to customers worldwide.

On the way to the next booth, an unidentified show attendee could be overhead saying: “Everything is up and running. We just can’t get the . . . .” It’s unknown what they were referring to, but you might have heard it at a show or two yourself.

Next up was PicoChip, which recently announced that Redline Communications selected PicoChip’s PC8532 modem to power its next-generation RedMAX 4C Mobile WiMAX base stations.

What follows is a non-exhaustive sampling of some recent developments from other tour participants. In total, about 22 companies participated in the pre-show press tour.

Dragonwave was named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list in Canada. Dragonwave is a supplier of next-generation point-to-point microwave radio systems.

Aptilo Networks and Redline Communications Group entered into a global technology agreement to use Aptilo’s service management and access control solutions in Redline’s RedMAX 4C Mobile WiMAX deployments worldwide. Aptilo and IntraISP are also partnering to offer a back-end system with advanced billing, customer relationship management and operations support system together with the Aptilo WiMAX CSN System.

Wavesat and WirelessLogix said they have completed interoperability testing between Wavesat’s Odyssey 8500 chipset and WirelessLogix’ WiMAX data collection solutions.

And Nitronex expanded the performance data of its 28V, 5W class, high-electron mobility transistor to include frequencies between 5.1 to 5.2 GHz and 5.7 to 5.8 GHz.

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