06-02-2010, 09:39 AM
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Join Date: Jan 2010
Motorola is providing the country’s Wateen Telecom with an 802.16e-based MOTOwi4 network. An initial uptake of a million subscribers is expected, with a nationwide rollout to follow.
As a developing country, Pakistan has until now lacked the infrastructure for widespread broadband.
The deployment is a milestone in the spread of WiMax. The 802.16-2004 standard, which is used in fixed WiMax networks, is being skipped in favour of a large-scale rollout of 802.16e, which was only recently agreed upon by the WiMAX Forum.
"We made the decision 18 months ago to jump over [802.16-2004] and go straight to 802.16e," Paul Sergeant, Motorola’s marketing director for MOTOwi4, told ZDNet UK on Tuesday. "We’ve been working on it for a while, which is how we’re able to ship so soon after agreement.
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