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February 13, 2007 at 11:11 AM

Mobile WiMax on the horizon

Before major WiMax competitors such as Clearwire and Sprint Nextel can build mobile wireless broadband networks, there must be equipment.

The WiMax Forum, which assists in the standardization process, said today it is one step closer to that happening.

Kirkland-based Clearwire, which is building WiMax-like networks based on proprietary equipment, and Sprint Nextel have both pledged to build true WiMax networks this year.

The Portland, Ore.-based WiMax Forum said 35 companies will begin testing their equipment for certification. The so-called WiMax Forum PlugFest is the second of its kind. The interoperability testing is taking place in labs in Malaga, Spain, this week.

The second plugfest has the largest number of participants to date. Companies include Accton Technology, Adaptix (formerly based in Seattle), Airspan Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Huawei Technologies, Intel, LG Electronics, Motorola, Navini, Nokia, PicoChip, POSDATA, Redline Communications, Redpine Signals, Runcom Technologies, Samsung, SEQUANS Communications, SOMA Networks, Telsima, Wavesat Wireless and ZTE.

In addition to these suppliers, 10 test equipment vendors supported the event: Aeroflex, AT4 wireless, Agilent, Anritsu, Azimuth Systems, Anite Telecoms, Innowireless, Sanjole, Rohde & Schwarz, and Tektronix.

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