WiMAX World EMEA  

WiMAX World Europe, May 19-21 (program), will feature 110+ Speakers, 30+ Operators representing 25 countries, and 150+ Sponsors and Exhibitors. It is the longest running, WiMAX and Wireless Broadband exhibition for the entire EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa).

Among the announcements:

  • The Asus Atom-based Eee PC 901 will NOT be available to consumers with Mobile WiMAX, reports Digitimes. Instead it will have Bluetooth and WiFi in addition to the new case design. The Eee-oriented WiMax module instead will go to service providers who will offer Eee PCs as part of or alongside their WiMax airtime packages - rather than individual buyers.
  • Nokia’s handheld N810 will be the first device designed to run on a new high-speed WiMax network by Sprint Nextel. The 4.13-inch touch screen device, similar to the first N810, which went on sale in the fall, will have both Mobile Wimax and WiFi.
  • SEQUANS Communications announced availability of its newest chip, the SQN1170, which integrates baseband, RF, and memory in a single chip. Sequans also announced that Mitsumi, leading system-in-package module maker, is the first to use the chip to develop an SDIO module comprising full Mobile WiMAX system functionality. The SD card module is the first of several modules Mitsumi is developing based on Sequans’ SQN1170. It is the sixth Mobile WiMAX chip Sequans has delivered, following a Mobile WiMAX Wave 1 chip in 2006, two baseband Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 chips in 2007 and two RF chips (2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz). The SQN1170 can be used to build all types of mobile devices–from mobile phones to embedded PC applications to SDIO modules for consumer electronics devices.
  • Chip designer Wavesat debuted today a new multicore DSP architecture capable of handling baseband processing for multiple broadband networks. The Odyssey 8500 can tackle WiMax Wave 2, 802.11bg and next-generation Personal Handyphone networks. The company will add support for Long Term Evolution cellular in its next generation. “We believe multimode is where the market will go,” said Vijay Dube, executive vice president of marketing at Wavesat (Dorval, Canada). “SK Telecom is one of our investors, and they see blanket 3G coverage with WiMax hot zones in Korea,” he added.
  • Intel on Monday announced a US$15.3 million investment in Green Packet, the parent company of Malaysian WiMax operator Packet One Networks. The operator will offer the mobile version of WiMax and use the 2.3GHz spectrum.
  • Covad says it will begin rolling out a fixed WiMAX wireless broadband offering this year, with a promise of offering data speeds of 6 Mbs. Covad says its decision to offer the service followed a lab test and field trial in San Francisco. Now the carrier will install WiMAX equipment at existing base station locations in the Bay area as well as in Los Angeles and Orange County. In February, Covad agreed to test a WiFi network in San Carlos, Calif., as part of the struggling Silicon Valley Network, that ambitious WiFi initiative that aims to blanket 1,500 sq. miles with WiFi.
  • Tranzeo Wireless introduced a new low cost, turn-key 5.8GHz WiMAX pico-base station. Like its 3.5GHz pico-base station, the TR-WMX-5.8-pBS is designed for broadband service providers seeking to cost effectively accommodate the unique requirements of rural and enterprise customers. Combined with Tranzeo’s existing family of 5.8GHz WiMAX subscriber units and Proximetry’s network management software, it is said to provide a comprehensive, flexible and turn-key last-mile solution.

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