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Mobile WiMAX Interoperability

WiMAX Forum PlugFest Showcases Interoperability Among Mobile WiMAX Products

Other Topics: Fixed Broadband Solution, WiMAX Multimedia Streaming, DoD WiMAX

The WiMAX Forum™
September 26, 2006

Beaverton, OR -- WiMAX Forum™ has brought 21 members of the equipment development and operator communities together for the first public mobile WiMAX Forum PlugFest, an interoperability showcase hosted by Bechtel Telecommunications at its Training, Demonstration, and Research (TDR) Laboratory in Frederick, Maryland. The PlugFest kicked off on Sunday, September 24, 2006 and will conclude on Sunday, October 1.
Participating companies include: Accton Technologies, Adaptix, Airspan, Alcatel, Altair Semiconductor, Alvarion, Beceem Communications, CETECOM-Aeroflex, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, M/A-Com, Motorola, Navini Networks, picoChip, POSDATA, Runcom, Samsung, SEQUANS Communications, SOMA Networks, TTA Labs, Wintegra, and test equipment vendors: CETECOM, Invenova, and Rohde and Schwarz.

Based on a record number of mobile equipment manufacturers requesting to participate in this PlugFest, WiMAX Forum is also announcing that an additional PlugFest will be held at the CETECOM testing facility in Malaga, Spain on October 20-24, 2006. The PlugFest at CETECOM will focus on incremental service interoperability tests for WiMAX products designed for fixed and stationary applications.

“Together, WiMAX Forum member companies from around the world will meet the market demand for WiMAX products that have earned the WiMAX Forum Certified™ seal – an achievement that denotes interoperability,” said Ron Resnick, President of the WiMAX Forum. “The PlugFests held over the next two months signify continued momentum in mobile WiMAX product development and progress toward the widespread proliferation of these systems in networks around the world.”

The WiMAX Forum PlugFest provides mobile WiMAX equipment suppliers an open environment in which to test compatibility and interoperability of equipment in preparation for certification. Interoperability is the foundation of standardization and the core tenet of the WiMAX Forum’s efforts.

The next step for companies participating in the PlugFest is to achieve the WiMAX Forum Certified™ seal. The WiMAX Forum Certification Test Lab located at CETECOM in Malaga, Spain, and which has been certifying WiMAX Forum fixed products since January 2006, will soon be joined by TTA Labs of Korea for the initial certification of mobile WiMAX products. Mobile certification testing is scheduled to begin towards the end of 2006, with market availability of WiMAX Forum Certified™ mobile WiMAX products beginning in early 2007. Representatives from both labs are heavily involved in the current mobile PlugFest.

The WiMAX Forum continues strengthening the WiMAX ecosystem with a current membership approaching 400 companies acting in concert to develop, produce, certify, and deliver quality products. Each member company shares the WiMAX Forum’s commitment to the open interoperability of products delivering broadband wireless services.

About the WiMAX Forum
The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications. The forum’s goal is to accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum CertifiedTM products will be fully interoperable and support Metropolitan Broadband Fixed, Portable and Mobile Applications. For more information about the WiMAX Forum and its activities, please visit

“WiMAX,” “WiMAX Forum,” the WiMAX Forum logo, "WiMAX Forum Certified,” and the WiMAX Forum Certified logo are trademarks of the WiMAX Forum. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About Bechtel Telecommunications
Bechtel has more than 100 years of engineering, design, construction, and project management experience and has deployed more than 160 telecommunications projects worldwide. Engineering News-Record has listed Bechtel as the world's #1 Contractor for seven consecutive years and the #1 Telecommunications Contractor since 2002. For more information about Bechtel Telecommunications and its activities please visit

Centro de Tecnología de las Comunicaciones, S.A. (CETECOM), located in the South of Spain, is a global supplier of Testing Solutions for wired and wireless technologies (GSM/GPRS, EDGE; W-CDMA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, WiMAX, DECT and PSTN). Its services portfolio ranges from conformance, regulatory and interoperability testing services to test systems development, world-wide compliance services, training and consulting. CETECOM is probably the most complete Wireless and Mobile Communications lab in the World. For more information about CETECOM and its activities please visit

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