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WiMAX Operators Tackle Roaming

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 6:44am
Maisie Ramsay

The WiMAX Forum says a group of WiMAX operators from around the world are working to form global roaming agreements between their mobile broadband networks.

Sixteen WiMAX operators gathered in Taipei, Taiwan, this week to draft roaming agreements at the first WiMAX Forum Global Operator Summit.

"The WiMAX Forum Global Operator Summit was created to specifically address overcoming both business and consumer perceptions that data roaming is expensive, and to explore ways to help operators grow revenue," said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum, in a statement. "The opportunity for operators to offer their customers roaming is there, and it is an excellent way for operators to add another viable revenue stream and earn returns on their 4G network investments."

Nearly 70 representatives attended working sessions and worked together on roaming agreements. Clearwire, Sprint, Samsung, BSNL, Intel, LG Electronics and YTL Communications were in attendance, along with a variety of other operators and vendors interested in WiMAX roaming.

Sprint already has WiMAX roaming agreements with Digicel in Jamaica and Global Mobile in Taiwan. The service is available on some of Sprint's WiMAX devices that use its SmartView Connection Manager, including the 250U and U600 USB modems. Clearwire offers WiMAX roaming with UQ Communications in Japan. Customers with Intel's WiMAX laptops can sign up for a day pass for unlimited data in covered markets in Japan and the United States.

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