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January 27, 2005

WiMax Forum Does Damage Control

By Nancy Gohring

The WiMax Forum reached out to us in an effort to set the record straight after recent headlines described delays in the certification process. Around two years ago when the forum was creating its timeline, it had targeted early 2005 for the beginning of certification work. But early last year the forum revised that, based on feedback from the vendors, to target mid-2005 for the start of certification. “We try to work with the vendor companies to identify when is the best time we should do this,” said Mo Shakouri, WiMax Forum board member. Per the forum’s announcement earlier this week about choosing a test lab, it is on schedule to begin testing this summer.

Shakouri expects that in the next few months companies will begin working with each other informally to make sure their products are based on the same set of assumptions and so that they have a better chance of making it through the interoperability certification process. Many of the recent reports referring to delays in the process noted that companies had expected to start such testing this month but likely won’t for a few more months. Some of the reports, however, revealed that companies were unlikely to start doing interoperability tests until June or July, which would imply that they wouldn’t be ready for certification testing for another few months.

Those reports also referred to manufacturing delays from the chip makers, but Shakouri said that if there are such delays, they don’t seem to be affecting the certification timeline. “From our point of view, there’s not been any news from any of our members that suddenly they’re not going to make the July timeframe,” he aid. “None of the system companies have said they will delay their introduction to the lab.” He suggests that if there is a delay from the chip makers, it’s minor enough that it won’t delay the delivery of products to the test lab.

Posted by nancyg at January 27, 2005 4:50 PM

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