There may be some debate about the future of WiMAX in the telecoms market, but Motorola’s still flying the flag for the technology. The US firm said this week that it has shipped its two millionth WiMAX device, just five months after shipping its one millionth.
Infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks has announced that it is to acquire “certain network infrastructure assets” from US competitor Motorola for $1.2bn. The Finnish-German joint venture said that it expects to gain new relationships with 50 wireless carriers and strengthen existing commercial ties as a result of the deal, which the two firms expect to close before the end fo 2010.
Next week, robots and people will flock to the UK’s De Montfort University in Leicester for the thirty-sixth annual convention for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB 2010). Alas, the Informer won’t be going, but he thinks it sounds like a fascinating programme, with more than a touch of science fiction about it, aiming to discuss innovations that people will think of as commonplace in 50 years time.
IP and core network equipment vendor Cisco has pulled the plug on its WiMAX base station operation, further highlighting the ill health of the sector.
Dominican broadband internet and pay TV provider Wind Telecom said Tuesday it has tapped Samsung to deliver a mobile WiMAX network in the Caribbean country. The Dominican Republic shares the small Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
Taiwanese operator Far EasTone (FET) this week launched its commercial WiMAX service in Taichung city, delivering entertainment focused content such as music and movies as well as wireless internet access.
The prospects for WiMAX seemed to have dimmed somewhat in the past couple of years as a result of the strong growth of HSPA, which is often seen as a rival to WiMAX, and a recession that has reduced the appetite for the spending necessary to build networks.
There seems to be a growing interest in mobile broadband hotspots, in the operator community at least, which may seem a little strange given the recent noise about femtocells and moving traffic off the macro network.
United Arab Emirates-based operator du has announced the launch of the first mobile WiMAX network in the Emirates.
Amid concerns that India’ auction of 3G spectrum may be delayed yet again, the WiMAX Forum has said that every six months of delay in the process results in $1bn in lost revenues for the country.
Google-backed mobile operating system Android has been given a boost in the mobile WiMAX space due to a partnership between D2 Technologies, Beceem Communications and ECS.
WiMAX chipset vendor Beceem Communications has unveiled a number of uplink performance improvements to its portfolio of 4G chips.
WiMAX device vendor Greenpacket unveiled its latest Wave 2 compliant wares at the WiMAX Forum Congress Americas this week, including an indoor VoIP modem known as the ‘Tower’.
WiMAX related proposals accounted for one quarter of the applications for broadband stimulus funds in the US, to be made available by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Agriculture.
With all eyes in India firmly focused on the looming 3G/WiMAX auctions in New Delhi, a consensus is emerging that the country’s broadband future will be dominated by wireless rather than fixed-line services.
US WiMAX poster child Clearwire made its debut in the city of Chicago this week as the service provider expands its nationwide footprint.
US WiMAX pin up Clearwire said this week it has secured an additional $920m in debt financing, which in addition to the recently announced $1.56bn in financing gives it $1.85bn to further expand its network.
Taiwanese Mobile WiMAX operator VMax Telecom teamed up with Korean equipment manufacturer Samsung on Monday to demonstrate what they claim is the industry’s first Mobile WiMAX roaming service.
The UK has put into action plans to bring enhanced mobile broadband coverage to as much as 90 per cent of the country and give many households access to fixed line broadband.
Networking giant Cisco continues to increase its presence in the telco space, on Tuesday announcing an agreement to acquire IP and multimedia kit vendor Starent Networks for $2.9bn.