LONDON Certified Mobile WiMAX products should start appearing on the market early next year as the WiMAX Forum said that suppliers vendors can start submitting their 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz gear for testing to the forum's lead certification lab at AT4 Wireless in Spain.
Certification would also be carried out soon in facilities in the U.S., Taiwan, China, and Korea, the Forum said Wednesday (Dec.19), adding that additional certification labs are planned for Taiwan and India to keep up with the demand.
The Forum expects hundreds of products to be submitted for testing immediately.
"This important milestone in our WiMAX Forum certification program culminates years of development of our certification process and signifies the success of the WiMAX ecosystem's progress and market lead relative to alternative mobile broadband technologies such as LTE which are several years behind WiMAX technology," said Ron Resnick, president, WiMAX Forum.
The Forum suggested that next year service providers would expand current Mobile WiMAX deployments to broader populations in their regions. The WiMAX Forum currently estimates that more than 300 operators in over 65 countries have deployed Mobile WiMAX pilots and trials.
"In Korea, WiMAX technology is the cornerstone of our mobile broadband deployment because of its vast and thriving ecosystem of equipment and solution providers that share our commitment to address the needs of the Korean market and redefine the mobile broadband experience for Korean businesses and citizens," said Dr. Hyun Pyo Kim, director of WiBro planning for Korea Telecom.