WiMAX Forum forms strategic partnership with GTI

WiMAX Forum and Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) jointly announced that they have formed a strategic partnership during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The new relationship will serve as a strategic foundation to guarantee WiMAX Advanced is fully compatible with TD-LTE, which ensures WiMAX operators are able to share economy of scale of TD-LTE and provide service with either Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) or International Mobile Telecom (IMT)-Advanced network implementations.

WiMAX Forum proposes a co-labeling process of “WiMAX Advanced” and TD-LTE ecosystem products; and will also sponsor a WiMAX Advanced/TD-LTE platform, to be implemented by Taiwan CMB (Consortium of Mobile Broadband) to facilitate ecosystem interoperability in August 2014.

With some WiMAX operators upgrading to TD-LTE or endorsing WiMAX Advanced, the Global industry responses to this harmonization is very timely. “We are pleased to formalize our partnership with GTI,” said Dr Mohammad Shakouri, chairman, WiMAX Forum.

“Through this collaboration, we’ll be able to support several key goals of our combined memberships. Since its inception, the WiMAX Forum has been focused on supporting the global adoption of 4G mobile broadband. GTI shares the same vision to forge new opportunities, for operators and vendors alike, as technologies converge,” added Shakouri.

Craig Ehrlich, chairman, GTI said, “This alliance will help raise awareness and drive best practices for innovative network transitions, as operators seek to create a more streamlined interworking between WiMAX and LTE-TDD and enjoy the benefit of global deployment of TD-LTE, while maximizing and future-proofing their investments.”

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