It appears more vendors are closer to losing the "pre-WiMAX" adjective and ready for the full deal. The WiMAX Forum announced the first fixed wireless broadband network products to achieve the official designation of "WiMAX Forum Certified."

The companies and products getting the designation include Aperto Networks' PacketMAX 5000 base station, Redline Communications' RedMAX AN-100U base station, SEQUANS Communications' SQN2010 SoC base station solution and Wavesat's miniMAX customer premise equipment (CPE) solution. The forum made the announcement at the WCA Technical and Business Symposium in San Jose.

The forum opened its first certification lab, Cetecom Spain, last July and started the test procedure validation process. While validation was under way, the WiMAX Forum hosted two PlugFests where vendor products were tested using common certification profiles approved by the WiMAX Forum in the 3.5 GHz frequency band.

So far, Cetecom Spain has confirmed 26 additional reservations from manufacturers for testing slots for both subscriber and base station equipment certification. To handle the additional capacity, Cetecom has set up multiple test lines for testing and certification.

The first round of WiMAX Forum Certified products were developed according to the WiMAX Forum-defined certification profile for 3.5 GHz systems, which is based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 and ETSI HiperMAN standards. Each hardware system was required to pass extensive test procedures, consisting of protocol conformance, radio conformance and interoperability testing to attain the WiMAX Forum Certification seal.