WiMAX technology has reached a milestone on its way to becoming a deliverable, with the opening of the WiMAX Forum Certification test lab in Spain.
Companies including Alvarion, Proxim, Redline and Wavesat are amongst those in the interoperability phase.
As a leading sponsor of the event, Nortel is providing wired and wireless LAN connections and IP phones to attendees at the Vancouver event.
“Participating in the WiMAX Forum event in Vancouver is an ideal opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise of advanced wireless broadband technology with leading business organizations from across the globe,” said John Hoadley, vice president, next generation wireless access, Nortel. “The successful demonstrations at the WiMAX Forum event further exemplify the strength and viability of this technology and its role in the future evolution of wireless broadband networks.”
“Broadband wireless solutions like WiMAX will play a critical role in the market as end users become increasingly accustomed to broadband services and expect anywhere, anytime broadband access,” said Yankee Group Director of the Wireless/Mobile Technologies Decision Service Phil Marshall. “Proof-of-concept demonstrations like those at the WiMAX Forum event in Vancouver are vital to the increased understanding and success of WiMAX technology, especially as the technology moves toward mobility.”
WiMAX Forum Certification testing will continue at Cetecom labs in Spain, and the first WiMAX Forum Certified products – those that are certified as conformant to the standard and interoperable with other vendors’ products – are expected to be available in the November/December timeframe.