Motorola announced that the company has reached agreement with SoftBank for the deployment of a WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005) trial network in Tokyo. Motorola will supply the end-to-end trial system including access points, an access network, and prototype WiMAX mobile handheld devices. Expected to begin in September 2006, the five-month trial will focus on performance of WiMAX in the 2.5GHz spectrum with regards to throughput and range, as well as the speed of network handovers between access points.
Motorola will be deploying five WiMAX access points and 25 prototype WiMAX mobile handheld devices. The trial will also showcase MIMO (multi-input, multi-output) capabilities of Motorola’s WiMAX solutions in supporting multi- antenna telecommunications systems as well as enabling greater data throughput and range. The trial will enable SoftBank to assess the effectiveness of WiMAX as a wireless broadband technology, and its potential as an integrated part of SoftBank’s growing portfolio of telecommunications services. Continue>>