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First WiMAX Certification Lab in Asia

As the industry works aggressively to develop mobile WiMAX products based on the ratified IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard, the WiMAX Forum today announced it has selected the first test laboratory dedicated to the Certification of WiMAX products in Asia.

In close collaboration with the Korean government and Cetecom Laboratories, the WiMAX Forum named Telecommunications Technology Association�s (TTA) IT Testing & Certification Lab in Seoul, Korea as the first lab in Asia to become available to WiMAX Forum members to certify compatibility and interoperability of WiMAX products.

The TTA (www.tta.or.kr) is an organization established to develop new standards and provide third-party, independent testing and certification services for a range of standards-based telecommunications and IT products. TTA IT Testing & Certification Lab has established relationships with a range of other certification institutions, including CableLabs, BQTF, CCF, CTIA, GCF, PTCRB and VeriTest.

The WiMAX Forum plans to have the TTA Lab operational in Q4 2006 to begin receiving mobile WiMAX equipment and start the test procedure validation process. It is expected that by Q1 2007, the first commercial mobile WiMAX products will achieve the designation of WiMAX Forum Certified, with deployment of networks to follow. Currently, the WiMAX Forum�s members are in the final stages of defining system profiles of mobile WiMAX equipment.

In January 2006, the first round of commercial fixed wireless broadband systems achieved the WiMAX Forum Certified seal after successfully completing extensive certification and interoperability testing at the WiMAX Forum�s certification laboratory, Cetecom Spain.

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