The nationwide adoption
of WiMAX technology-based products is expanding at a speedy pace.
Today comes broadband wireless solutions provider Airspan Networks,
Inc. and makes an official announcement about the availability of
its new self-installable indoor WiMAX products suite that link
Desktop PCs, Laptops, Internet-ready telephone sets and other
broadband devices directly to operator networks.
The new AS.MAX family of
WiMAX-based stations and end-user devices includes support for
residential and nomadic internet access, corporate data networks,
and VoIP. The AS.MAX portfolio announced today will be commercially
available in the third quarter of 2005.
The AS.MAX product suite
is comprised of two customer premises equipment (CPE) devices, the
EasyST and ProST. The EasyST, which uses Intel’s Rosedale wireless
broadband system-on-chip, connects IP-enabled devices directly to
WiMAX networks and can be installed indoors by end-users fast
without needing costly truck-roll deployments by the operators.
Designed for the residential and small enterprise markets, the
device is also an integrated voice and data WiMAX product,
supporting two voice lines and an Ethernet connection. It can also
act as an 802.11 WiFi Access Point. According to the company, the
ProST CPE will serve larger enterprises and is designed for outdoor
professional deployment. Both CPEs are designed to work on any WiMAX-Certified
“Airspan’s Easy ST is on
track to begin to deliver the promise of WiMAX this year for
residential and small business customers,” said Scott Richardson,
general manager of Intel’s Broadband Wireless Division. “Broadband
access is currently only available to a fraction of computer users,
but WiMAX solutions will help bring high-speed wireless to the next
generation of computer users.”
The new product suite
also includes point-to-multipoint base stations called HiperMAX,
MacroMAX and MicroMAX, as well as an integrated point-to-point
backhaul solution, PrimeMAX. The Software Defined Radio (SDR) in the
base stations allows high-capacity AS.MAX base stations to be
upgraded from the fixed to the mobile WiMAX standard, thereby
enabling connections to laptops, PDAs and other portable devices
supported by the emerging IEEE 802.16e mobile WiMAX standard.
“Broadband Wireless needs
to be simple and affordable for operators and end users. With this
in mind, we have designed AS.MAX as the most robust product family
on the market. AS.MAX supports converged video, voice and data
services on a single platform, which will make it very attractive
AS.MAX Introduction, to operators wishing to bundle multi-media
service offerings to their end-customers. We have also introduced a
broad range of products and devices to fit different network price
points and densities, permitting low start-up capital expenditures
for our customers, which is an essential part of the offering. In
addition, we will address the cellular backhaul market for the first
time,” explained Eric Stonestrom, president and CEO of Boca Raton,
Florida-based Airspan Networks.
The company announced
that it will commence trials of AS.MAX products with service
providers in the second quarter of this year, and expects commercial
WiMAX network rollouts to begin in the third quarter of the year.
Airspan Networks Inc.
Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet.com and
Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was assistant editor
for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail
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