Motorola MOTOwi4™ Liberates Wired Connections, Brings Wireless, Mobile, Seamless Experiences to Consumers, Enterprises, Municipal Users and Public Safety Agencies
Motorola demonstrates IP video telephony over MOTOwi4 Canopy® solution using IMS enable core; performs high-speed rich media downloads at 3GSM World Congress
BARCELONA, Spain - 3GSM World Congress – 13 February 2006 – Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT), a leading global provider of broadband wireless access solutions, is showcasing its award-winning Canopy® solution at 3GSM World Congress to perform high-speed, rich media downloads and IP video telephony. Canopy is part of the MOTOwi4™ portfolio that also includes WiMAX, and Mesh Solutions. In addition, an IP core network, customer premise equipment, handheld devices, applications, an element management system and a full services portfolio round out the offering. Combined with the Motorola IMS, MOTOwi4 products offer a path to seamless mobility and ubiquitous connections that delivers a “personal broadband on-the-go.”
“Our MOTOwi4 branding encompasses a comprehensive platform of wireless broadband solutions and services that enable our customer, the service provider, to use multiple technologies to reach more of their customers. It’s a complete tool kit; they just pick the tool that works the best,” said Raghu Rau, senior vice president, Global Marketing and Strategy, Motorola Networks.
The MOTOwi4 portfolio announced in July 2005 complements Motorola’s other wireline and cellular broadband offerings, giving people more ways to stay connected with fast and ready access to the information, entertainment and people that are important in their lives. It is designed to meet the industry’s need for greater bandwidth, simple networks and mobility, and to provide a full scope of both fixed and mobile end user applications.
Key access networks in the MOTOwi4 portfolio include WiMAX, Canopy, backhaul, and Mesh Solutions. MOTOwi4 Canopy is a proven broadband wireless access solution that has been cost-effectively deployed in more than 100 countries – including a country wide deployment in Macedonia -- and by more than 2,000 service providers since 2002 using 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. In the Macedonia deployment, an initial installation of more than 130 Canopy access points at various schools now also serves consumers and businesses in 36 cities and 170 villages. Altogether, that Canopy network has connected 360 primary and 100 secondary schools as well as 24 secondary school dormitories, 15 university facilities, another 15 local government offices, and more than 1,000 businesses, bringing high-speed wireless connectivity to rural and urban areas at price points that would not otherwise have been attainable.
Canopy technology, designed for unlicensed or managed spectrum, also enables WiMAX services supporting VoIP and IP data applications at price points that can meet customers’ business case requirements.
The MOTOwi4™ WiMAX portfolio will include 802.16e products designed to meet WiMAX Forum™ certification based upon specific profiles to be developed by that industry forum. Operating in licensed spectrum and standards-based following IEEE 802.16 Rev e, Motorola’s MOTOwi4 WiMAX products are designed to permit carriers to adopt the full scope of available fixed, nomadic, portable, and mobile applications. The initial product, the MOTOwi4 UltraLight Access Point designed for 3.5GHz and a fixed application, will be 802.16e compliant. It is expected to be available for customer trials by the end of Q2 2006.
“We believe WiMAX based on 802.16e will be the dominant WiMAX standard, even for fixed applications because it provides superior fixed wireless performance and provides a path to full mobility, making it a better choice for most operators,” Rau said. “We are committed to being early to market with WiMAX products, enabling full support of trials and deployments with an end-to-end solutions and services portfolio.”
The MOTOwi4 UltraLight Access Point and the associated line of subscriber modules retain Canopy’s traditional easy installation, reducing build-out expenses for operators compared to traditional wireless systems. It uses a revolutionary all-IP network design that helps to reduce the cost of building and maintaining a wireless system by minimizing the hierarchical architecture used in legacy networks.
The MOTOwi4 backhaul solutions, with bit rates from 10 Mbps up to 300 Mbps, provide secure, reliable, point-to-point IP connectivity that enables new applications and services to be delivered where they have not been previously or reduce the cost of an application to be deployed. In the U.S. without wireless backhaul the WISP market would not exist as the cost of running wire would be too great. Backhaul products let operators reach new spaces by bridging and extending voice and data networks, and backhauling cellular sites, point -to-multipoint access systems and Wi-Fi hotspots. For example, these backhaul solutions have been used to interconnect campus buildings and remote offices, bridge enterprise voice and data, provide temporary and disaster recovery, and as a wired extension or alternative.
The portfolio of MOTOwi4™ Mesh Solutions provide dedicated, secure connections over public networks to support service providers who wish to serve public works, public safety and public access environments. These self-forming, self-healing, highly available networks provide fixed and mobile IP-based wireless networks for area-wide coverage using WiFi (2.4GHz) and public safety bands (4.9GHz).
“When it comes to delivering wireless broadband, Motorola has it covered. We have end-to-end solutions and services, the technological expertise, experience, global span and market presence regardless of which technology meets their business need,” Rau said.
Motorola will be demonstrating the MOTOwi4 Canopy solution at 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, February 13-16, 2006, at the Motorola booth Hall 8, Stand A07. For more information about Motorola at 3GSM visit: www.motorola.com/3gsm
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering “must have” products, “must do” experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.8 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com
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