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April 18, 2005

Certificatin a Go, Korea Joins Up

By Nancy Gohring

The WiMax Forum said it is on schedule to begin certifying products. The lab will open in July and the forum expects the first certified products to hit the market in November or December. The initial products to be certified are TDD and FDD versions of 3.5 GHz gear. The announcement was made after the forum’s quarterly meeting in Spain.

The forum also expanded on its agreement to work with ETSI. I suspect this alliance is aimed at the forum’s attempts at ensuring that the 2.5 GHz band, to be allocated in Europe by 2008, can be used for WiMax but I’m not sure I’m reading between the lines of this press release well enough.

Perhaps one of the most significant items of the announcement is that all Korean operators have joined the WiMax Forum and Samsung has become a member of the board. Also, it’s official: WiBro products will be WiMax certified. WiBro is the homegrown mobile broadband wireless technology developed in Korea. It was originally incompatible with WiMax, but recently the teams have been working together and it has been understood that WiBro and WiMax will be compatible once the mobile 802.16e version of WiMax is standardized. It appears that this is the official announcement that the two will be compatible. There is no mention specifically of 802.16e but I’m assuming that the interoperability between WiBro and WiMax can’t happen until 802.16e.

The press release is likely to become available here.

Posted by nancyg at April 18, 2005 3:29 PM

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