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September 16, 2009

Clearwire Collaborates with WiMAX Operators for Global Roaming
By Calvin Azuri
TMCnet Contributor

Clearwire Communications has signed a memorandum of understanding with WiMAX (News - Alert) operators UQ Communications of Japan (UQ) and Yota of Russia identifying the objectives and activities each operator will perform towards the realization of establishing WiMAX roaming.

Under the MoU, Clearwire (News - Alert), UQ, and Yota will collaborate on business and technical aspects of their respective operations to define and institute the process necessary to support international roaming and to ensure the operators’ systems and devices are able to support roaming.
In addition, the operators will work with Clearwire’s Global Alliance Partner Program members and other WiMAX operators to ensure that seamless roaming occurs in an increasing number of countries. The collaboration will also leverage WiMAX Forum (News - Alert) roaming guidelines, specifications and templates to meet business objectives.
According to Barry West, president of Clearwire International, the MoU confirms mobile WiMAX technology’s maturity and robustness and reaffirms that it is the only commercially available 4G standard worldwide with an available ecosystem of infrastructure and devices.
Since more than 500 WiMAX deployments are underway in about 145 countries, the existence of a roaming framework is important to advanced cross-market cooperation.
At present, Clearwire, UQ and Yota offer WiMAX services in their respective domestic markets. Through mutual collaboration, the companies will provide their customers the first international WiMAX roaming capability and help 4G services to follow the same global pattern towards international accessibility as other wireless technologies.
Dennis Sverdlov, CEO of Yota said that since the mobile WiMAX position in the telecom market is strong; operators are taking action to organize a civilized roaming environment. The trilateral MOU is proof of this, Sverdlov said.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi


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