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November 20, 2009

Week in Review: 4GWE Conference Anticipates Rise of WiMAX, LTE

By Michael Dinan
TMCnet Editor

The two technologies that have emerged as front-runners for dominance in the next-generation wireless world of “4G” – WiMAX and LTE – both made headlines this week, as Ericsson finished the $1.13 bill acquisition of Nortel’s (News - Alert) LTE assets in North America, while Adam Internet selected Alvarion to deploy a WiMAX (News - Alert) network across metropolitan Adelaide, Australia.
TMC’s Paula Bernier (News - Alert) reported that the Ericsson (News - Alert) acquisition brings together the assets of two of the leading players in the wireless space, gives Ericsson some key wireless contracts involving up-and-coming technologies like LTE, and makes North America Ericsson’s largest region in terms of sales and its second largest in terms of employees.
Here’s what Hans Vestberg (News - Alert), Ericsson’s new president and CEO, had to say: “This deal, along with our recently announced services and LTE agreements, demonstrates the importance of the North American market to Ericsson. Our strength in the region proves to our global customers that we are capable of continuing to provide the best equipment and services, in a scalable and efficient way.”
Meanwhile, in the land down under, WiMAX took a major step forward as Adam Internet – a group that’s building a wireless broadband network as part of the Australian government’s Broadband Guarantee Program, designed to serve all of the nation’s residents – said it’s targeting 14 service areas for the next year.
“Adam Internet aims to bring broadband services to people and businesses that are faced with a very limited choice in the market today,” said Greg Hicks, chairman of Adam Internet. “WiMAX offers a high-capacity network that is quick to deploy and very economical to operate.”
The economies of 4G technologies are chief among the topics of discussion scheduled for the 4GWE Conference – collocated with ITEXPO East 2010 and held Jan. 20 to 22 in Miami. Carl Ford of Crossfire Media, one of the architects of that conference, in an article about the emergence of SIP standards, said in a column this week that all the future growth of the wireless has become dependent on the Internet.
“The real questions to be asked are not how wireless will be deployed, but how it will take advantage of the Internet to provide seamless ubiquity,” Ford writes. “The funny thing is the standards bodies of 3GPP and IEEE have good people that understand this is the ultimate objective.”
The 4G Wireless Evolution Conference will focus on the realities of deploying 4G technologies and delivering broadband wireless applications to a growing community of wireless broadband consumers. 4GWE will examine alternative technologies, the killer 4G applications, the wireless regulatory climate and the new age of mobile device design. The 4GWE program is comprised of single speaker Industry Perspectives and Keynotes, as well as lively, thought proving panel discussions that will provide opposing view points and plenty of opportunity for attendees to get involved in the discussion. Register now.

Michael Dinan is a group managing editor for TMCnet, overseeing TMCnet's Web editorial team and covering news in the IP communications, CRM and VoIP industries. He also oversees production of e-Newsletters in the areas of 4G wireless technology and smart products. To read more of Michael's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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