WiMAX Forum® Launches Industry Initiative to Accelerate Technology Roadmap to Meet Explosive Market Demand
Meeting consumer demand, WiMAX Forum to add new system profiles for certification later this year; innovative features to double peak data rates and increase average and cell-edge end user performance by 50 percent
Entire WiMAX ecosystem expected to accelerate availability of WiMAX Release 2
· With hundreds of commercial networks in operation today, WiMAX has achieved the fastest market ramp of any wireless wide area network technology in history.
· With strong demand for WiMAX services and average monthly data consumption in the 7-10 GB/month range for some WiMAX operators, the WiMAX Forum is launching an initiative to accelerate additional advanced Release 1 features for certification in the 2nd half of 2010.
· WiMAX Forum is also fast tracking profiling and certification plans for the next generation of WiMAX, WiMAX Release 2 based upon IEEE 802.16m, to prepare for product certification in late 2011.
New Delhi, India – April 8, 2010 – In response to the intensifying demand for 4G WiMAX networks and services, the WiMAX Forum today launched a global initiative to accelerate advanced WiMAX features that enhance the average performance of its current Release 1 technology by more than 50 percent while remaining compliant with the IEEE Standard 802.16e. Based on this accelerated schedule, certified products using these enhancements are expected in late 2010.
This initiative will not delay the development of WiMAX Release 2 (WiMAX 2). In support of the expected completion of the IEEE Standard 802.16m in the second half of 2010, the WiMAX Forum is fast-tracking profiling and certification activities to prepare for WiMAX 2 product certification in late 2011.
WiMAX operators are providing an unprecedented amount of data, with some networks delivering over 10 gigabytes per month to the average user. Even without dramatic growth in average customer demand, successful expansion of the customer base can threaten network overload. The WiMAX Forum has recognized operator needs for more advanced technologies to future-proof their networks in the face of these inexorable trends.
“With the global demand for 4G wireless broadband services experiencing explosive growth, WiMAX service providers need faster networks with greater capacity and efficiency, and the WiMAX community has responded,” said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. “There is no country where this demand is as pronounced as it is in India, where there is less than three percent broadband penetration. WiMAX can address this demand as well as the growing needs around the globe, plus we’re committed to taking performance to the next level in an unmatched timeframe.”
Enhancements under development include support for additional MIMO antennae on the base stations (4 transmit antennae instead of 2), higher order (64 QAM) modulation on the uplink, downlink beamforming, and improved fractional frequency reuse (FFR) to increase performance in reuse 1 deployments while ensuring multi-vendor interoperability. These new features have the potential to double peak data rates and increase average and cell edge end user performance by 50 percent.
The WiMAX Forum is pioneering new levels of open network interoperability and performance in 2010 by driving Release 1 technology forward to meet the needs of operators concerned about future constraints brought about by their own success. With the completion of IEEE Standard 802.16m later this year, the WiMAX Forum is also set to expedite WiMAX 2 technology into the hands of operators and consumers. Because the market is already seeing 802.16m products in development, the WiMAX Forum is preparing for certification of Release 2 products in late 2011.
“The intense technical work in IEEE 802.16m has benefitted from a dedicated international collaboration among the world’s leading telecom equipment manufacturers, technical organizations, and universities in support of future-looking worldwide operator requirements,” said Roger Marks, Vice President for Technology at the WiMAX Forum and Chair of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group. “Organizations such as the Center of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT) Chennai, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) and the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB) have contributed major innovations to help us bring this advanced technology to market.”
WiMAX 2 is based on IEEE Standard 802.16m, which is documented to meet the International Telecommunications Union’s “IMT-Advanced” requirements, delivering dramatic improvements in coverage and capacity that will form the foundation of the next decade of 4G technology. The standard provides for huge peak (zero path loss) transmission rates – for example, up to 300 Mbps in a 20 MHz downlink channel – and even lower latency. By enabling aggregation of multiple RF carriers, wider effective channel bandwidths of up to 100 MHz are possible. Wider channels and higher order MIMO antenna configurations enable the scaling of capacity to many times that of the most advanced wireless systems today.
The WiMAX Forum currently tracks 559 WiMAX deployments in 147 countries estimated to cover more than 620 million people across the globe. More than 130 devices and 60 base stations have been certified by the WiMAX Forum for the 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands.
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Prof. Paulraj at Stanford University noted that “WiMAX is the first 4G OFDMA-MIMO technology that has witnessed global deployment across a wide variety of applications from mobile to fixed, from urban to rural, and from IP based data to multimedia and voice. This rich field experience has motivated numerous innovations. I am glad that WiMAX Forum will fast track new profiles by end of this year to meet evolving market demand.”
According to Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Honorary Director CEWiT and Professor IIT Madras, "CEWiT has been participating actively in 4G standardization, and for the first time, India-specific broadband requirements were considered during standardization. These include the need for improved throughput for nomadic, indoor users facing high interference levels due to aggressive spectrum reuse, and need for wireless relays as a substitute for femto basestations which have limited deployability in India given the low wireline penetration. CEWiT researchers have made important contributions (the CDR mode in particular) to the IEEE 802.16m standard to address these requirements. These will be part of Wimax Release 2.0, a 4G sequel to the mature and widely deployed Wimax Release 1.0 Technology that can help with the broadband penetration in India."
“The demand for 4G wireless broadband services continues to grow around the globe as consumers and businesses demand for more and more bandwidth,” said Mohammad Shakouri, corporate vice president of innovation and marketing for Alvarion. “We see this as a great opportunity to bring new enhancements to WiMAX in the short term, and we look forward to working with the ecosystem partners to bring the products early to the market.”
“As the first 4G technology, 802.16e-based Mobile WiMAX Release 1 has been commercially deployed worldwide and is now enjoying mass market adoption by millions of subscribers. In order to respond to the explosive market demands for mobile broadband, the ecosystem is collaborating to enable new features through WiMAX profiles that have the potential to double peak data rates and increase average and cell-edge end user performance by 50 percent,” added Pouya Taaghol, CTO of Intel’s Mobile Wireless Group.
“WiMAX is the only commercially available 4G services that enables people to experience new and richer mobile broadband services today,” said Woonsub Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of the Telecommunication Systems Business, Samsung Electronics. “With the enhancing capabilities in 802.16e-based WiMAX available this year and 802.16m-based WiMAX solutions coming in 2011, the ecosystem partners will be able to provide WiMAX Service Providers with field proven products and future proof technology.”
“WIMAX technology has grown to be a well established technology over the past three years,” said Sean Cai, Deputy General Manager of ZTE WiMAX Product Line. “It can be the immediate choice for 4G wireless broadband services. As an industry we have the opportunity to step up the performance of WiMAX in a significant way.”