Motorola launches WiMAX test lab

 Motorola Inc. has started its own interoperability testing lab(IOT) for the Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)standard.

The Schaumberg, Ill.-based wireless behemoth is offeringinteroperability testing both at Arlington Heights, Ill. and at a newlab in Taiwan.

If you’re a vendor and want Motorola to test your wireless product,you must “provide assurances” to Motorola that it is certified by theWiMAX Forum.

WiMAX is based on the Institute of Electrical and ElectronicsEngineers 802.16 standards. Unlike the Wi-Fi standard, which has arange of 100 metres, WiMAX can provide coverage, without requiring lineof sight, at distances of up to 5 km.

While the IEEE defines the 802.16 standards, the WiMAX Forum certifies products and defines system profiles.

Motorola says its IOT program is intended to “validate” thatcustomers equipment is compatible with their network infrastructure.

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