Complete system supports full Wave 2 feature set

[USPRwire, Mon Oct 29 2007] NEC Corporation, one of the leading global providers of IT, network, and electron device solutions, and Beceem Communications, one of the leading providers of terminal chipsets for Mobile WiMAX, are announcing today the availability of an end-to-end Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 solution, jointly developed by NEC and Beceem.

NEC’s Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 solution consists of the following 3 systems:
- the Access Service Network (ASN), which provides the basic wireless access functionality. The ASN consists of one or more wireless Base Stations (BS) and a controlling Access Service Network Gateway (ASN-GW).
- the Connectivity Services Network (CSN), which provides IP connectivity, services and management. The CSN incorporates the AAA, Home Agent and IMS core.
- Mobile Terminals, which provide wireless access functions and support mobility. NEC offers indoor and outdoor CPEs and PC accessory modems, and is also supporting the open WiMAX terminal ecosystem.

In developing its Mobile WiMAX solution NEC has chosen Beceem as core technology partner for the WiMAX airlink. Under their collaboration Beceem has delivered to NEC key aspects of the WiMAX airlink implementation of NEC’s WiMAX base station. In addition NEC is using Beceem’s BCS200 terminal chipset for its lineup of Mobile WiMAX terminals. The close collaboration with Beceem is focused on the WiMAX airlink and terminal chipset. This ensures that NEC can leverage its core networking strength while incorporating a field-proven high-performance WiMAX airlink, thus blending NEC’s excellence as a System Integrator with the WiMAX performance leadership of Beceem, offering to operators a complete best-of-breed Mobile WiMAX system solution.

"NEC has a history of delivering innovative, leading-edge wireless solutions to the premier mobile operators around the world” said K. Jay Miyahara, Chief Engineer, Mobile Network Operations Unit of NEC. “We are dedicated to deliver the highest performance Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 solution in the industry. To accomplish this we have chosen to work with Beceem, who is one of the leading WiMAX chipset providers."

“We are honored to have been chosen by NEC as their Mobile WiMAX technology partner and chipset supplier,” said, Lars Johnsson, Vice President of Business Development for Beceem. “NEC is the kind of company that can turn innovations into wireless reality very rapidly, and it is the uncompromising focus on leadership and performance by both companies that makes this jointly developed end-to-end Wave 2 solution the benchmark for the Mobile WiMAX ecosystem.”

NEC has participated in the last 2 WiMAX Forum Mobile WiMAX plugfests and is already engaged in a number of trials with WiMAX operators in Asia, the Americas and Europe demonstrating the capabilities of its complete solution.
NEC is an active participant in the WiMAX Taipei Showcase, where NEC has demonstrated its cutting edge technology in a live mobile WiMAX demo that also included value added applications such as remote medical services. Commercial shipments of NEC's WiMAX solution are expected in the first half of 2008.

Beceem was the first to release terminal chipsets for the Wave 1 and Wave 2 feature sets of the Mobile WiMAX profile and Beceem’s customers are using both chipsets for commercial product that is being shipped into networks and trials deployments around the world.

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide.

About Beceem Communications
Beceem Communications Inc. is the leading provider of semiconductor solutions for the mobile broadband market, and the first with commercially available terminal chipsets for Wave 1 and Wave 2 profiles of the WiMAX Forum, that are based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard.

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