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Monaco Telecom to Test Mobile WiMAX Initiatives

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Monaco Telecom has announced it is working with Alvarion, Cisco and Nokia to establish a Center of Excellence on WiMAX in the Principality. This initiative between all four companies will demonstrate the mobility and high speed features of Mobile WiMAX 802.16e 2005.

In addition to showcasing personal broadband services, Alvarion's 802.16e-2005-based 4MotionTM solution will be demonstrated and is expected to reach a commercial level during 2008. The Cisco Broadband Wireless Gateway solution is a key component and part of Cisco WiMAX portfolio providing an open WiMAX Access Service Network (ASN) gateway functionality. This latest expansion of Cisco's Service Exchange Framework enables Monaco Telecom to support another access technology. Nokia will contribute with its expertise in mobility and an Internet Tablet compatible with WiMAX 2.5 GHz.

"The WiMAX strategy and network architecture are essential for us as a global operator to maintain competitive edge and maximize WiMAX capabilities. We envision the Center of Excellence as the manifestation of best-of-breed WiMAX, and with an ultimate result of implementation in different networks around the world", said Denis Martin, CEO of Monaco Telecom.

Monaco Telecom used to be owned by the state; it now owns 45%, while the remaining 55% is owned by Cable and Wireless (49%) and Compagnie Monĩgasque de Banque (6%).

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