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December 11, 2009

Motorola Reiterates its Commitment to WiMAX and Long Term Evolution Technologies

By Marisa Torrieri
TMCnet Editor

The home and networks mobility unit of Motorola has reiterated its commitment to both WiMAX (News - Alert) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) as the leading technologies for the next generation.
Both WiMAX and LTE allow for the media experiences that people want, and deliver the lowest cost per bit for operators, said Motorola (News - Alert). That said, the manufacturer noted there are distinct markets for both WiMAX and LTE, and these two technologies will coexist as operators work to meet the ever-increasing demand for fixed, nomadic and mobile data.
“Wireless broadband is the utility of the 21st century, and Motorola has the solutions in both WiMAX and LTE (News - Alert) that will meet consumer demand and operator requirements for network efficiency,” said Bruce Brda, senior vice president and general manager for Wireless Networks at Motorola Home & Networks Mobility.
Motorola said that its 4G progress in 2009 was marked with accomplishments in both LTE and WiMAX that have positioned it well for further momentum in 2010. In addition, Motorola said that it’s committed to WiMAX 802.16m as it expands its product portfolio and customer base.
The company believes that its early commitment to WiMAX has given it the vast experience and expertise in designing, planning, optimizing and managing Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) mobile broadband networks.
Additionally, the company also has yielded “tremendous” insight into “perfecting” the 4G network scheduler, the master controller of the radio access network that prioritizes voice and data traffic, said company officials.
In order to deliver a complete LTE solution that will support FDD and TD-LTE, Motorola is leveraging the extensive OFDM, multiple-in/multiple out (MIMO), all-IP wireless broadband experience, and expertise in the 4G scheduler.
Company officials said that the company’s first commercial LTE deployments will be based on third-generation WiMAX products for which algorithms have been optimized to deliver the best performance in a real-world environment.
“With our experience from WiMAX we can get our LTE customers to market faster and with less risk,” Brda said, adding that the deployment, management and optimization of many large-scale commercial WiMAX networks around the world provide the company operations-level experience which the research and development teams use to make better and more stable LTE solutions.

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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