San Diego, CA – June 27, 2013 – With summer holidays approaching, our activities are kicking into high gear! The WiMAX Forum staff and the associated Working Groups are focused on three main initiatives with particularly strong efforts this month. These priorities include: impressive efforts on WiMAX advanced, continued strong execution on industrial markets and finalization of the WiMAX Forum's Request For Proposal (RFP) for devices.
With respect to WiMAX advanced, a well-resourced team including representatives from Huawei Technologies, KDDI, Korea telecom, Samsung, Telrad, UQ Communications, YTL Communications, assisted by Rich Hawkins and Roger Marks have made great strides in initiating specification development and clarifying the requirements for WiMAX 2.2 (WiMAX Advanced).
The end game for this group is to describe the technical means whereby spectrum limited operators may introduce alternative radio access technologies (such as TD-LTE and Wi-Fi) into their networks while maintaining service for their existing WiMAX customer base. This is a critically important activity for WiMAX operators who desire access to the promise of an expanded ecosystem of devices. For further information on this initiative, please contact Rich Hawkins at Rich.Hawkins@WiMAXForum.org.
The WiMAX Forum staff is organizing two separate events over the coming months in support of industrial markets. OilComm is a repeat performance for the WiMAX Industry and we will be hosting a WiMAX Oil & Gas Event within this conference for oil and gas users to discuss WiMAX applications and explain their requirements. Last year's conference attracted over 150 participants.
Additionally, we are very excited to organize a WiMAX Aviation Summit within the confines of our September Member Conference in Washington DC. This conference, jointly sponsored by the WiMAX forum, the FAA, and Eurocontrol, will attract members of the AeroMACS Community from across the globe to discuss the aviation community's requirements, spectrum issues, and deployment timelines. For further information on either of these events please reach out to Alessandra Rocha at Alessandra.Rocha@WiMAXForum.org.
The WiMAX Forum participated in the annual Utility Telecom Council Event in Houston last month at which the Smart Grid Working Group met, and CenterPoint Energy, the host utility, told the several thousand conference attendees about their impressive GE installed WiMAX Network. WiMAX technology has increasingly become a mainstream solution for this growing market segment. For more information about this and other WiMAX Smart Grid Networks, please visit: WiMAX Smart Grid.
The WiMAX forum initiated an RFP for the original design manufacturer community to address the needs of the small to mid-size operator community. We are delighted to report the participation of Gemtek, Infomark, Dimewave, KZ Broadband, and Green Packet. The aggregated volume represented in this RFP exceeded 1,000,000 devices. We are analyzing the responses and expect to report back soon on winning respondents. Stay tuned! For further information please contact WiMAX forum president Declan Byrne at Declan.Byrne@WiMAXForum.org.
In June, the WiMAX Forum continues to stay busy planning and attending events. The WiMAX Forum team looks forward to seeing you at our events this year. Following is the summary of the upcoming events:
WiMAX Member Conference Washington DC 2013
The WiMAX Forum is delighted to announce the next WiMAX Forum Member Conference, which will take place September 9-12, 2013 in the historic Washington, DC, USA. WiMAX Forum Members are encouraged to register for the Member Conference and reserve a hotel room as soon as possible. Please contact Sophia Chang at Sophia.Chang@WiMAXForum.org if you have any questions about the Washington DC Member Conference.
WiMAX Aviation Summit 2013
The WiMAX Forum is also pleased to announce the first Aviation Event in the WiMAX Forum: WiMAX Aviation 2013, which will be co-located with our Member Conference at the Hilton Crystal City, on Tuesday, September 10 through Thursday, September 12, 2013. This newly renovated hotel is ideally located next to the Reagan National Airport along the Potomac River with dramatic views of Washington DC. This event will focus specifically on supporting the global Aviation Community in managing profitable development and growth of their WiMAX networks. The WiMAX Forum will host a cocktail reception for networking purposes on the evening of Tuesday, September 10th that will be open to attendees of both events.
WiMAX Aviation 2013 is an event for all participants to meet, exchange ideas, and develop business and cooperative relationships. The event will highlight the opportunities, challenges, and strategies involved in operating a profitable WiMAX network in the Aviation field. This event is constructed to allow the global Aviation Community to network, share key lessons, and collaborate for the benefit of the industry. Our goal is for attending participants to gain concrete knowledge that will help them build profitable WiMAX businesses.
WiMAX Aviation 2013 will be an interactive working event and there will be no registration fee. Participation in this event is free and open to all participants of the WiMAX ecosystem, and membership in the WiMAX Forum is not a requirement to attend.
For additional information and registration, please visit: WiMAX Aviation 2013
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Sponsorship opportunities include:
- Media Sponsorship
- Diamond Sponsorship (WiMAX Forum Members Only)
- Platinum Sponsorship (WiMAX Forum Members Only)
- Gold Sponsorship (WiMAX Forum Membership NOT Required)
For more information about which event sponsorship may best suit your needs, please contact Alessandra Rocha at Alessandra.Rocha@WiMAXForum.org.
WiMAX Oil & Gas Event 2013
WiMAX Oil & Gas Event 2013 will be a pre-conference session at OilComm on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at the Hilton Americas in Houston, TX. The event will focus specifically on supporting the Oil & Gas community in deploying effective and affordable WiMAX networks to support their communication initiatives. All operators and vendors are invited to this event to meet, network and discuss ideas with the goal of fostering a prosperous environment and future for the WiMAX Oil & Gas ecosystem.
The event will highlight the opportunities, challenges and strategies involved in operating a profitable WiMAX network. This event is constructed to allow the participants to network, share key lessons and work together for the benefit of the industry. Our goal is for attendees to gain concrete knowledge that will help them build profitable WiMAX businesses. WiMAX Oil & Gas Event 2013 will be an interactive conference.
Participation in this event is free to attendees of the OilComm Full Conference Program. WiMAX Oil & Gas Event 2013 is open to all participants of the WiMAX ecosystem, and membership in the WiMAX Forum is not a requirement to attend.
For additional information and registration, please visit: WiMAX Oil & Gas Event 2013
The WiMAX Forum has plans to host and participate in other events over the course of 2013. As details concerning these events are finalized, we will be certain to keep you informed. For more information about our events please visit: WiMAX Forum Events
If you have questions regarding any of this or our organization’s activities, please reach out to us.
About the WiMAX Forum®
The WiMAX Forum® is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that certifies and promotes the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon IEEE Standard 802.16. The WiMAX Forum’s primary goal is to accelerate the adoption, deployment and expansion of WiMAX technologies across the globe while facilitating roaming agreements, sharing best practices within our membership and certifying products. WiMAX Forum Certified® products are interoperable and support broadband fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile services. The WiMAX Forum works closely with service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified systems meet customer and government requirements. For more information, visit www.wimaxforum.org.