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WiMAX Forum™ Selects Korea’s TTA as First WiMAX Certification Lab in Asia

Tue, 04/04/2006 - 8:12am

As the industry works aggressively to develop mobile WiMAX products based on the ratified IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard, the WiMAX Forum today announced it has selected the first test laboratory dedicated to the Certification of WiMAX products in Asia. In close collaboration with the Korean government and Cetecom Laboratories, the WiMAX Forum named Telecommunications Technology Association’s (TTA) IT Testing & Certification Lab in Seoul, Korea as the first lab in Asia to become available to WiMAX Forum members to certify compatibility and interoperability of WiMAX products.


The TTA (www.tta.or.kr) is an organization established to develop new standards and provide third-party, independent testing and certification services for a range of standards-based telecommunications and IT products. TTA IT Testing & Certification Lab has established relationships with a range of other certification institutions, including CableLabs, BQTF, CCF, CTIA, GCF, PTCRB and VeriTest.


"We welcome this decision to establish the first WiMAX Forum lab in Korea," said Mr. Jungsu Song, Director, Ministry of Information and Communication in Korea. "We are confident that this facility and collaboration among industry leading companies will guarantee interoperability and testing of mobile WiMAX equipment, along with ensuring the high-quality delivery of WiBRO services in Korea — the precursor of mobile WiMAX services to be successfully launched around the world."


The WiMAX Forum plans to have the TTA Lab operational in Q4 2006 to begin receiving mobile WiMAX equipment and start the test procedure validation process. It is expected that by Q1 2007, the first commercial mobile WiMAX products will achieve the designation of WiMAX Forum Certified™, with deployment of networks to follow. Currently, the WiMAX Forum’s members are in the final stages of defining system profiles of mobile WiMAX equipment.


"There has been great momentum behind Mobile WiMAX, and the selection of this first mobile WiMAX lab represents a key step in achieving commercial testing by the end of this year," added Ron Resnick, president of the WiMAX Forum. "We applaud the foresight by the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication’s commitment to mobile WiMAX as a critical technology that will deliver personal broadband services to consumers. Mobile WiMAX is poised for success based on our aggressive timeline, but what will ensure this progress is the visible support by the mobile WiMAX ecosystem of service, content, system and chipsets providers who have been working to bring these products to the mass market.”


"We are delighted to have been selected by the WiMAX Forum to serve as the industry’s first mobile WiMAX certification and testing laboratory," commented Mr. Inmyoung Jeong, general manager of TTA IT Testing & Certification Lab. "TTA looks forward to working with the WiMAX Forum membership to ready the lab and will do its best to provide the highest level of service to meet and exceed the expectations of the WiMAX Forum."


In January 2006, the first round of commercial fixed wireless broadband systems achieved the WiMAX Forum Certified seal after successfully completing extensive certification and interoperability testing at the WiMAX Forum’s certification laboratory, Cetecom Spain.


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 www.wimaxforum.org.


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