AT&T Tests WiMax Gear

AT&T has been lab-testing WiMax (define) equipment from Airspan Networks and
Motorola among others, has learned.

The long-distance carrier and network services provider recently
announced two sets of commercial WiMax trials for later this year.

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  • An AT&T official confirmed that the vendors’ products are being
    reviewed in its labs (as are those of other equipment makers), but said
    that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be part of the trials.

    An Airspan representative also confirmed the lab tests. A Motorola
    spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

    AT&T has worked with both companies recently. Their products powered
    AT&T’s wireless broadband demonstration at the Voice Over Net (VON)
    trade show in San Jose earlier this month.

    Airspan makes base stations, backhaul technology (define) and customer premises
    equipment. The 13-year-old company’s broadband wireless products have
    been deployed by more than 300 customers in more than 95 countries.

    The Boca Raton, Fla., company also recently expanded its support for
    VoIP, buying Israeli equipment maker AreINet for $8.7 million in
    December. AreINet specialized in VoIP equipment, such as gateways and
    soft switches for all major VoIP standards.

    Motorola has been anticipating WiMax since the late 1990s. Its access
    points are designed to handle WiMax traffic while mitigating

    WiMax is a developing technology that supports very high bit rates in
    uploading and downloading from a base station up to a distance of 30

    In addition to bringing services such as high-speed Internet access and
    VoIP to rural areas, office parks and educational campuses, there are
    other early-adopter opportunities, experts say.

    For example, WiMax systems stationed around shipping and trucking hubs
    and tied into RFID (define) and video surveillance could help eliminate
    “shrinkage,” the industry’s term for goods and services that are lost
    or stolen in transit.

    In a more generic sense, vendors could sell against incumbent telecom
    carriers on cost, comparing their services with T-1 (define) and other
    traditional business services.

    AT&T’s first commercial test will take place in May in Middletown,
    N.J., about an hour from New York, and will involve data transfer
    services for a retail customer.

    The second trial will take place later this year in a major market and
    will likely include VoIP. The company has not decided upon the city
    yet, AT&T said.

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