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WiMAX Forum Announces First Certified MIMO 2.3 GHz Mobile Products

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The WiMAX Forum has announced the first products to receive the WiMAX Forum Certified Seal of Approval for the MIMO 2.3 GHz profile. The completion of the 2.3 GHz certification testing profile allows WiMAX Forum designated labs to accept tri band (2.3, 2.5 and 3.5 GHz) products and immediately begin the certification process.

Following testing to ensure that each WiMAX product met interoperability and conformance standards, the announcement included two base stations operating in the 2.3 GHz band from Huawei and Samsung.

"I would like to congratulate Huawei and Samsung for leading the way for WiMAX Certified 2.3 GHz products," said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. "This spectrum band is increasingly important with India's BWA auction currently underway. WiMAX services in India and other counties with poor broadband penetration will create new opportunities and generate economic vitality and jobs for millions of people while closing the digital divide gap in rural areas."

Tests of the newly certified products were conducted at WiMAX Forum testing labs in China and Korea. In addition to these labs, the ADT lab in Taiwan recently completed the construction of its 2.3 GHz test bed infrastructure and is ready to begin testing of submitted products.

"The competition of the first 2.3 GHz certified products opens the door to our designated labs accepting tri-band products for certification testing," said Ed Agis, Chair of the WiMAX Forum Certification Working Group. "Tri-band WiMAX devices operating in the 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz frequency bands will enable true global roaming across networks with agreements in place. We expect the first tri-band products to be certified in 2010."

The WiMAX Forum estimates that by 2011 there will be more than 1,000 Mobile WiMAX Forum Certified products commercially available. The WiMAX Forum partner labs network includes six labs that are now open and ready to accept products for certification testing in China, Korea, Spain, U.S., and two labs in Taiwan (ADT and TTC/CS).

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