Motorola has announced a PC Card and a desktop unit for Wave 2 WiMax, as well as femtocells and a management platform to control them all.
The PCCw 200 PC card supports 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz WiMax, and complies with the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard, including Wave 2, which supports MIMO. It is due out by the middle of this year, and will be followed by the CPEi 750, a desktop version.
The desktop version will include two VoIP/ATA ports, so it can be part of bundled voice and data services. Both devices are part of Motorola's MotoWi4 family – which the company says is being deployed in 17 WiMax networks worldwide.
Meanwhile, Motorola is also pitching to put 3G femtocells in homes and small offices, providing indoor networks– the 8000 series does just 3G, and connects to an existing home network by Ethernet. The 8100 is a full-blown home network device, including a 802.11b/g Wi-Fi hub and four Ethernet ports, as well as the 3G base station. Like the WiMax equipment, these will be delivered in the first half of this year.
All vendors say that femtocells provide indoor 3G coverage which is complementary to Wi-Fi, and including both Wi-Fi and 3G in one device goes some way to justifying these claims.
Motorola has also upgraded its management platform, NBBS – version 5 will support femtocells, mobile devices and WiMax.