ETSI Plugtests service continues interoperability success with ETSI HiperMAN and WiMAX

Sophia Antipolis,  22th March 2006

ETSI Plugtests™ Service is pleased to announce the success of its latest interoperability event, the 3rd WiMAX Forum™  PlugFest from the 12th to 19th March 2006, at ETSI Headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France.

ETSI in collaboration with CETECOM Spain and the WiMAX Forum hosted 10 Equipment vendors: Airspan Networks Inc., Axxcelera Broadband Wireless, Delta Networks, Inc., MITAC, Picochip Inc, Proxim Wireless Corporation, Redline Communications, Sequans Communications, Vcom Inc., and Wavesat Inc.. In addition, Invenova Corporation participated in the event with their protocol conformance tester.

The event was an excellent opportunity for WiMAX Forum member companies to bring together their prototypes or planned commercial hardware and work closely together to find and resolve any interoperability problems. In this way, vendors were provided with the opportunity to address potential ambiguities and to improve the testing scenarios and capabilities in a technology standard. This event will greatly contribute in bringing equipment vendors closer to achieving certification.

Ed Agis, the WiMAX Forum Certification Working Group Co-Chairman stated the following:

''We are seeing new vendors participating in the WiMAX PlugFests with increased readiness to perform interoperability tests. At this early stage we already have vendors with established service flows providing data links amongst various participating vendors. This stage is essential in showing interoperability amongst the participating vendors in order to test other certification requirements.''

Plans are now in the development for future collaboration of PlugFest events for 2006 - 2007 between ETSI and the WiMAX Forum.

This event was organized in the context of the cooperation agreement between ETSI and the WiMAX Forum. Beyond the organization of PlugFest events the agreement incorporates the harmonization of relevant parts of IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN standards and joint development of protocol conformance test specifications that are one of the essential elements of the WiMAX Forum Certified™ program. The Technical Committee BRAN (Broadband Radio Access Networks) is the home to these activities at ETSI where HiperAccess and HiperMAN standards and WiMAX/HiperMAN test specifications are developed, with extensive support of ETSI's Protocol and Testing Competence Centre (PTCC).

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Further details about this event are available at: http://www.etsi.org/plugtests/history/20063rdWiMAXPlugfest.htm

Plugtests™ is a trademark of ETSI registered for the benefit of its Members.

WiMAX Forum and WiMAX Forum Certified are trademarks of WiMAX Forum. 

Notes to editors

About ETSI

ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, is Europe's officially-recognized standardization body for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), including telecommunications and broadcasting. An independent organization based in Sophia Antipolis, France, ETSI unites almost 700 members from 56 countries inside and outside Europe, including manufacturers, network operators, administrations, service providers, research bodies and users - in fact, all the key players in the ICT arena.

The ETSI Plugtests Service is a professional service that specializes in the organization of interoperability events for any telecommunication / Internet / Information Technology standard.

For more information about this event and other activities organized by the Plugtests Service visit: www.etsi.org/plugtests/ .

For more information about ETSI: www.etsi.org

About the WiMAX Forum

The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications. The forum's goal is to accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum CertifiedTM products will be fully interoperable and support Metropolitan Broadband Fixed, Portable and Mobile Applications. For more information about the WiMAX Forum and its activities, please visit www.WiMAXForum.org.

About CETECOM

Centro de Tecnología de las Comunicaciones, S.A. (CETECOM) located in the South of Spain, is a global supplier of Testing Solutions for wired and wireless technologies (GSM/GPRS, EDGE; W-CDMA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, WiMAX, DECT and PSTN). Its services portfolio ranges from conformance, regulatory and interoperability testing services to test systems development, world-wide compliance services, training and consulting. CETECOM is probably the most complete Wireless and Mobile Communications lab. In the World. For more information about CETECOM and its activities please visit www.cetecom.es

For further information about this news release, please contact:

Kevin FLYNN,
ETSI Press co-ordinator
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 94 42 58
Fax: +33 (0)4 92 38 52 41
E-mail: kevin.flynn@etsi.org