Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera Wireless have signed a joint development agreement under which they will collaborate on the development of end-to-end wireless broadband solutions based on Universal WiMAX technology.
The solutions will incorporate Alcatel-Lucent’s WiMAX network infrastructure – based on the latest IEEE 802.16e-2005 standards (Rev-e) – and a variety of wireless end-user devices from Kyocera, including multimode mobile phones, non-traditional wireless devices, wireless PC cards and USB devices for PCs.
The two companies will cooperate to ensure the rapid development of WiMAX devices with enhanced mobility features, as well as multi-mode terminals that can enable seamless interoperability between WiMAX networks and cellular or Wi-Fi networks. The joint program will cover the establishment of specifications, the development and integration of WiMAX solutions, and the creation of an interoperability testing (IOT) program to ensure that the new Kyocera WiMAX devices can operate smoothly on Alcatel-Lucent’s infrastructure.
Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera anticipate the commercial availability of fully integrated solutions of WiMAX base stations and terminals from the two companies in the first half of 2008.
Earlier this year, Alcatel-Lucent and Kyocera conducted WiMAX demonstrations – featuring multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) Spatial Multiplexing technology – at the CTIA Wireless tradeshow and exhibition in Orlando, Florida.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Universal WiMAX solution is designed to enable rapid implementation of voice over IP (VoIP) and broadband services such as mobile data, video streaming and virtual private network access in fixed, nomadic and mobile environments. WiMAX is a flexible technology that enables people to access high-speed, high-quality broadband wireless services wherever they are and wherever they go, providing truly “universal” wireless broadband access.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Universal WiMAX solution integrates the latest technological innovations, such as “beam forming” and MIMO. Beam forming enables a service provider to reduce the number of radio sites needed to provide coverage– in some instances by as much as 40 percent – while reducing interference and ensuring better indoor penetration of radio signals. MIMO helps make radio links more robust, nearly doubling the capacity delivered in dense urban environments.
Kyocera’s expertise with antenna diversity lends an advantage with MIMO-powered WiMAX, which uses multiple antennas to deliver mobile services three to five times faster than today’s wireless broadband cellular networks, and at a much lower cost to carriers.