Nortel’s MIMO Powered WiMax Gear

In a news release, Nortel says they are committed to leadership in 4G mobile broadband and will revolutionize wireless economics with launch of MIMO-powered mobile WiMax. The technology uses mulitple antennas, multiple in, multiple out, and using this technology, they will be able to deliver video-grade content for as little as one-tenth the cost of 3G networks. It will be able to deliver three times the speed and double the subscriber capacity with greater range and building penetration, and will deliver sppeds that rival broadband internet technologies, such as cable or dsl.

Their WiMax solution is based on OFDM-MIMO, and together, the transmission strengths of OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) and advanced antenna capabilities of MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) will allow more users to be packed into available spectrum at speeds more than 10 times faster than current commercially deployed UMTS networks and four to five times faster than HSDPA. Nortel is the only company to provide OFDM-MIMO in its mobile WiMax solution, currently.

“The power of WiMAX for high-bandwidth applications opens a whole new world of mobility, that provides new capabilities and processes for businesses and new revenue-generating services for operators,” said Godfrey Chua, research manager, Wireless and Mobile Infrastructure, IDC. “WiMAX has the potential to revolutionize entertainment, provide communication capabilities that haven’t even been considered yet, and bring the true Internet experience to the mobile realm.”

In addition to introducing the Mobile WiMAX portfolio, Nortel also announced its collaboration with chipset maker Runcom to fuel the WiMAX business advantages by delivering MIMO chipsets that will enable the WiMAX ecosystem of network technologies and devices.
Nortel’s WiMAX solutions are being trialed with carriers around the world, in Asia, Europe and the Americas – and have been deployed by Netago Wireless with the Special Areas Board of Alberta in Canada and Craig Wireless in Greece.

Nortel’s WiMAX solution offers flexible operations and is designed to operate in the 1.5, 2.3, 2.5 and 3.5 GHz frequencies. The solution is based on field-proven, next-generation platforms and leverages the Company’s leadership in supplying carrier wireless solutions, including CDMA, GSM and WCDMA core technologies. The solution is comprised of new MIMO base station transceivers, access service network gateways, connectivity services networks, mobile subscriber stations and network management systems. Source: Nortel

Nortel is demonstrating the new solution at the WiMAX World USA 2006 trade show in Boston, today through to October 12 at booth 323.