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Issue 41(06/2008)

Let us COMMUNICATE beyond technology and together understand the latest industry trends, analyze successful cases, find out about leading technologies and much more.
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Zhao Ming, President of Huawei WiMAX Product Line: The communication industry is experiencing a wave of unprecedented changes. The transformation from fixed voice and data to mobile services is inevitable and driving the increasing importance and prevalence of wireless broadband.

Experts' Forum

The mobile wireless community has become excited about 4G - the Fourth Generation of mobile communications. What is it? When does it arrive?

The shared and long-term goal across the industry remains the convergence of wireless broadband applications. The first concerns the evolution from traditional mobile telecom to mobile broadband. The second focuses on fixed broadband Internet evolution to mobile Internet.

As an open technology, WiMAX necessitates a stable industry environment that is accessible and responsive, and that operates in an innovative and structured manner. In these terms, WiMAX certification is intended to expedite WiMAX maturity.

Cover Story

What is the user experience WiMAX offers? Why has WiMAX attracted so much attention? Clues can be found from stories about WiMAX deployment and operation of Summa Telecom in Russia, STC in Saudi Arabia, and a mobile operator in South Africa.

Main Topic

Mature chips and diversified terminals are the catalyst for rapid development of the WiMAX industry.

In the past five years, introduction and deployment of various wireless voice and data services have spread like wildfire with end users fanning the flames and WiMAX leading the pack of current wireless technologies.

How to Operate

A strong relationship exists between a high quality WiMAX network and refined network planning. The key technologies and applications specific to WiMAX 16e pose a range of new network planning challenges.

From the earliest days of WiMAX, Korea Telecom (KT) has been one of the foremost advocates and a trailblazer in WiMAX application. KT’s success as a telecom operator and as a WiMAX pioneer has attracted worldwide attention.


What significance does WiMAX have for the industry and for Huawei? How does Huawei view and promote the WiMAX industry and in what role? Tang Xinhong, Vice President of Huawei’s WiMAX Product Line shared with us his insights.


Huawei’s WiMAX+IMS convergence solution, based on in-depth experience and a thorough understanding of operator needs, optimizes and integrates WiMAX and IMS network architecture.

Many GSM operators are focusing on mobile broadband as their way out. However, limited 3G licenses have restricted their 3G options and insufficient spectrum resources have intensified competition. So the race to develop alternative solutions began.

It is estimated that, by 2013, the number of WiMAX subscribers will increase to 47 million and the annual revenue of WiMAX service will exceed USD20 billion. WiMAX is clearly the emerging new wireless broadband technology that promises a new era of wireless broadband.

To achieve great things, an abundance of effort and an eye for details are both prerequisite. The same premise applies to WiMAX development.

Notable for its enormous potential, WiMAX Multicast Broadcast Service (MCBCS) is emerging as the most viable technology for mobile TV, a new service that looks poised to become hugely important for the mobile industry.

Leading Edge

According to Shannon, there is an impassable upper limit to the capacity of a single-antenna system. An alternative is necessary to address this capacity problem, and multi-antenna technology has emerged as the sole effective solution.

With the efforts of Huawei and the industry, enhancements have been on WiMAX, including VoIP improvements, FDD improvements, and WiMAX/Wi-Fi coexistence.