Nortel Moves Ahead on WiMAX

Nortel Networks has announced at CTIA Wireless 2007 a WiMAX trial with Mobile Satellite Ventures LP in the United States and a deployment with Dominican Republic operator Wind Telecom.

MSV, an operator of mobile satellite communications services will deploy an integrated 4G and satellite broadband trial powered by Nortels mobile WiMAX and IMS technologies, for customers across the United States and Canada.

“This trial is a significant step toward next-generation mobility,” said Drew Caplan, MSV chief network officer. “Nortel’s 4G and IMS expertise will help us demonstrate our transparency network architecture to support hybrid satellite-terrestrial communications on the basis of a 4G broadband platform, enabling new dimensions of service for our customers.”

The trial with Nortel, which will be conducted in the Reston, Va., area, will initially feature high-speed wireless voice, data and Web access, file sharing and VoIP connectivity using residential gateway devices and PC cards for users in fixed and portable modes of use. Subsequently, MSV expects to incorporate push-to-talk, video calling, picture-caller ID and presence capabilities, full MSS/ATC integration and support for a range of mobile devices. Nortel will integrate its WiMAX and IMS connectivity as well as devices and ASIC technology from Kyocera, WiNetworks, and Runcom Technologies.

“Combining the FCC’s and Industry Canada’s ATC rulings with the broadband capabilities of WiMAX and the service delivery capabilities of IMS could support new telecom models, giving players like MSV the tools to deliver the services that consumers and enterprises want, at a palatable pricepoint,” said Peter Jarich, principal analyst with Current Analysis. “Nortel has been talking about WiMAX services in the 1.5GHz spectrum for some time. A trial with MSV proves out the opportunity while giving MSV the tools to complement its existing satellite system with a new terrestrial component, expanding wireless services with prospectively new business models and into new areas … potentially even those not covered by traditional carriers.”

In other news, Wind Telecom, a new network operator in the Dominican Republic, will deploy a wireless broadband network based on Nortel WiMAX technology. Wind Telecom intends to offer high-speed broadband services to urban and rural customers across the country. The network is expected to be commercially available in September in the initial launch cities of Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata and Bavaro/Punta Cana, with other areas such as La Romana, projected for the near future. Nationwide coverage will be reached incrementally over the next few years.

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