Nortel has chalked out a plan to join hands with WiMaX technology leaders Intel and Airspan to bring out a series of updated fixed and mobile WiMAX products. This was officially announced by the company on Thursday. The company already has a similar kind of existing deal with the South Korean telecom giant LG.
WiMAX is a long range wireless broadband access system which is considered to be a very cost effective solution, it offers high bandwidth applications like streamed digital music, TV, video-conferencing, etc.
Nortel’ has planned to launch WiMAX products designed specifically to allow wireless and wire line carriers, cable providers, media companies and other ISPs to deliver broadband connectivity to consumer and enterprise users by making use of ‘last mile’ wireless links. The collaborative effort is also meant to give a further push to the further extension of 3G cellular networks.
Mark Whitton, VP, Nortel commented on the latest WiMAX initiative, “We will be a technology leader in WiMAX, just as we have been with UMTS/HSDPA, CDMA, VoIP and wireless mesh. Intel is exuding similar level of confidence on this joint-effort. “
Fixed WiMAX solutions are to be categorized as IEEE 802.16-2004 and is expected to use the 3.5GHz and 5.8GHz bands, data transfers are expected at around 1 Mbps. Mobile WiMAX IEEE 802.16e is initially expected to operate in the 2.5GHz band at a very high speeds, it will facilitate ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to consumers.