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August 13, 2009

Tranzeo, TRG Intros 2.3GHz WiMAX Subscriber Units in Indonesia

By Jayashree Adkoli
TMCnet Contributor

Wireless broadband and WiMAX (News - Alert) communication systems manufacturer Tranzeo Wireless Technologies reportedly has collaborated with PT. Teknologi Riset Global (TRG) to develop a family of WiMAX subscriber units, which will be operating in the recently awarded 2.3GHz spectrum in Indonesia.
Officials at TRG said that these 2.3GHz WiMAX production units will be complementing company’s WiMAX product family operating in the 3.3GHz band. These units are proposed for the operators that have licenses to the 2.3GHz spectrum.
According to sources, only 10 percent of Indonesian populations are Internet users and it is indicated that only 1.5 million have broadband access. In this regard to expand WiMAX in the country, the government of Indonesia last year announced its plans to release spectrum at 2.3GHz and 3.3GHz for WiMAX broadband services.
Last year, Tranzeo (News - Alert) and TRG jointly had signed an agreement to develop WiMAX radios for the Indonesian market. Under the terms of the agreement, both the companies agreed to collaborate on the development of WiMAX subscriber units (based on the 802.16d standard) that would be incorporated into TRG's total WiMAX solution, which would be rolled-out in the Indonesian market.
In July, the Indonesian Government awarded 2.3GHz spectrum to eight companies, in order to facilitate a nationwide broadband network that is based on the 802.16d WiMAX standard. With this announcement, companies have jointly started developing WiMAX products that will support government's latest requirement of developing local telecommunications capability. Jointly developed products are being produced in Jakarta, Bandung and Batam, Indonesia, says sources.
In January, both the companies had entered the first phase of the joint development agreement to produce WiMAX subscriber units. It is anticipated that the partnership between both the companies will produce more than 1.5 million subscriber units in the next five years. The initial phase of this partnership was said to be worth $10 million, says Tranzeo.
Tranzeo has already produced a complete family of 802.16d (802.16-2004) WiMAX products for the 3.5GHz and 5.8GHz spectrum. These products include indoor and outdoor Subscriber Units, picoBaseStations, and miniPCI cards for system developers. The company’s solutions are designed for wireless internet service providers, governments, campuses, military, carriers, enterprise customers, and systems integrators.
Now, Tranzeo in collaboration with TRG have produced 2.3GHz WiMAX Subscriber Units, which will be rolled-out in the Indonesian market.
TRG Research Center is an affiliate company of Indonesian-based telecommunication infrastructure provider Indonesian Tower Group. The company mainly is into development of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) technology equipments.
Officials at TRG said that it launched its ‘TRG WiMAX’ in April 2008 and now it’s one of the local vendors for WiMAX in Indonesia.

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Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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