The WiMAX ecosystem once was full of companies that provided turnkey network infrastructure and device portfolios, but with the increasing popularity of the technology, thatâ€™s changing. Some infrastructure vendors are focusing on what they do best, while letting their consumer electronic partners exploit their own talents.
That has been Alcatel-Lucentâ€™s intention since it got into WiMAX in late 2004, and a joint venture partnership with Kyocera it announced this week at WiMAX World lives up to that intention. The companies said they will work together on an end-to-end system using Alcatel-Lucentâ€™s Universal WiMAX platform and Kyocera multi-mode mobile phones, PC cards and USB devices that rivals other single-vendor turnkey approaches. The end-to-end system will be ready during the first half of next year.
â€œWe donâ€™t want to be a CPE vendor, but we want to strengthen the ecosystem for devices,â€ said Michael Seymour, vice president of partnerships at Alcatel-Lucentâ€™s WiMAX Business Unit. Seymour said the network equipment vendor tests its own system interoperability with as many devices as possible to give carriers more flexibility.