Nortel has signed up with Intel and Airspan Networks to offer mobile and fixed WiMax wireless products.
Nortel said the deal would complement work already underway in its joint venture with LG Electronics. LG and Nortel are creating a joint-owned company that will combine LG's telecommunication infrastructure business and Nortel's distribution and service businesses in South Korea .
The two have already won a contract from a Korean service provider for a mobile broadband service based on High-Speed Downlink Packet Access. It is also working on IEEE 802.16e-based WiMax and Wireless Broadband (WiBro) products. WiBro is expected to offer speeds up to 1Mbit/s for devices travelling at up to 60 kilometers per hour.
Nortel said its WiMax products will be designed to allow wireless and wireline carriers, cable providers, media companies and other ISPs to deliver broadband to over 'last mile' wireless links, as well as extend existing 3G mobile networks.
Fixed WiMAax (IEEE 802.16-2004) is expected to operate in the 3.5GHz and 5.8GHz bands and provide more than 1Mbit/s. Mobile WiMax (IEEE 802.16e) will initially operate in the 2.5GHz band and provide higher speeds.
Nortel is collaborating with Intel to promote WiMax mobile wireless broadband and will work with Airspan to market and evolve WiMAX products in the higher frequency bands for situations that do not require full mobility.
Nortel's fixed WiMAX products are expected to be commercially available at the start of next year. Additional mobile WiMAX products are planned for later that year.
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