12/14/2004 - Ericsson has joined the WiMAX Forum(TM) as a principal member. Ericsson's experience and leadership in broadband and wireless technologies will strongly contribute to the existing competence of the forum.
Ericsson is a strong believer in open standards. "WiMAX ensures interoperability of the open IEEE 802.16 standard for broadband wireless access. It is a natural part of an operator's Ethernet broadband offering and can also serve as transmission backhaul," said Karl Thedeen, Vice President, Product Area Wireline.
The fixed broadband wireless access market has until now been fragmented by different proprietary technologies. WiMAX will bring an open and widely accepted standard to that market.
A WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) broadband wireless access solution would fit well in Ericsson's existing portfolio of fixed broadband and WLAN solutions. Once available, Ericsson plans to offer WiMAX as part of the Public Ethernet offering and as a complement to DSL. WiMAX technology is optimized for fixed or nomadic broadband wireless access and targets a different segment than 3G that combines mobile broadband & telephony as well as fixed usage. As the leader in communications, Ericsson is driving the evolution towards an always best connected vision.
Ericsson is playing a leading role in standardization. Through the WiMAX Forum(TM) we can drive open standards to ensure openness and interoperability for the consumer by defining and verifying an interoperable subset of the standards developed in IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN.
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.
About WiMAX Forum(TM)
The WiMAX Forum(TM) is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications. The forum's goal is to accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) products will be fully interoperable and support Metropolitan Broadband Fixed, Portable and Mobile Applications. For more information about the WiMAX Forum and its activities, please visit www.wimaxforum.org WiMAX Forum(TM) and WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) are registered trademarks of the WiMAX Forum(TM).
IEEE 802.16 Working Group
The IEEE 802.16 working group on broadband wireless access standards develops standards and recommended practices to support the development and deployment of broadband wireless metropolitan area networks. IEEE 802.16 is a unit of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee. The WiMAX Forum(TM) is the industry initiative working to facilitate the deployment of broadband wireless networks based on the IEEE 802.16 standard. For further information, please refer to www.ieee802.org/16
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