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April 03, 2009

CradlePoint Adds WiMAX Capability to Mobile Broadband Networking Products

CradlePoint Technology, a provider of 3G and 4G network solutions, has reportedly introduced Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access modems in its lineup of mobile broadband routers.
The company’s business-class routers, including the MBR800, MBR1000, and MBR1100 line of mobile broadband routers, CTR500 mobile broadband travel router and CBA250 cellular broadband adapter, are now shipping with built-in WiMAX compatibility.
CradlePoint has also teamed up with Clearwire, a wireless broadband Internet service provider, to enable businesses to access wireless services easily. The team has developed PHS-300, a mobile WiMAX to Wireless Fidelity router. PHS-300 is branded as CLEAR Spot and is sold directly by Clearwire. The router is compatible with Clearwire’s 4G network.
The company’s routers also are suitable for all types of businesses. The ‘plug n play’ feature of the routers is especially useful to businesses with limited IT resources. With the new WiMAX capability, these routers enable their customers to do away with their wired ISP services and choose Clear service as their primary connection.
“Clearwire is excited to see the support of CLEAR’s mobile WiMAX service in a family of routers designed specifically for business applications,” said Scott Richardson, chief strategy officer for Clearwire. “CradlePoint’s conversion of CLEAR’s WiMAX service to WiFi or Ethernet allows remote, branch and temporary offices easy and secure access the Internet with super fast connectivity. Powered by Clear’s 4G network, many businesses now have the option of going totally wireless.”
CradlePoint is releasing version 1.5.1 of its firmware on April 6 for its existing customers. The firmware enables a “new class of business-capable mobile broadband with 4G download speeds that exceed DSL, and rival cable modem speeds,” officials said. It also supports all current 3G devices, more than 70 different combinations of modems and cellular broadband networks.
“As Clearwire’s WiMAX service expands across the country, our customers have the ability to access to best mobile broadband service available,” said Jack Alton, CradlePoint VP of Sales, in a statement. “Partnering with Clearwire creates a synergy that ensures we are at the forefront of meeting the demands of our enterprises customers.”
“CradlePoint’s ability to interface with over one billion WiFi enabled devices in use today – from laptops and netbooks to desktop PCs, printers, VoIP phones, cameras and PDAs – maximizes the potential of Clearwire’s network, while simultaneously improving the user-experience of its subscribers,” added Alton.
The company recently announced that PHS300 has been certified with the Verizon Wireless UM175 USB modem for use on the Verizon Wireless network. The certification was carried out through Verizon Wireless’ open development program, MobilityTechzone reported.

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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