April 12, 2010 20:00 ET

WiMAX Forum® Launches New Open Retail Initiative to Reduce Costs for Operators and Manufacturers and Simplify Consumer Activation With WiMAX Devices

In May, WiMAX™ Labs Will Begin Testing and Certification of Mobile Products in End-to-End IOT Environment to Meet Common Global Operator Requirements

TAIPEI, TAIWAN--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) -  


  • WiMAX Forum Open Retail Initiative is an ongoing program designed to reduce operator internal testing costs and ensure interoperability of products. The program also accelerates time-to-market for devices entering the market through both direct and retail channels.
  • WiMAX Forum's certification laboratories will be ready in May 2010 to begin conducting Open Retail test suites and certification for operators and device manufacturers.
  • New WiMAX Forum database service confirms that a device is Certified and conforms to the Open Retail specifications so operators can decide whether to allow the device access to their network.
  • Consumers will benefit from simplified activation of WiMAX Certified devices with ability to self-connect automatically out of the box, by selecting from any available WiMAX operator network participating in the Open Retail initiative.

The WiMAX Forum today announced the launch of its Open Retail Initiative, an ongoing global program that will increase availability of WiMAX devices, while reducing the technical and capital overhead by WiMAX network operators to test products on their network. The aim of this comprehensive new certification program is to drive the proliferation of WiMAX consumer devices, sold direct or through retail channels that can be activated with ease by the consumer over the air (OTA) on the network of any participating operator. To fully support this new program, the WiMAX Forum will have its designated certification laboratories ready to test and certify mobile Open Retail devices for interoperability in May 2010.

As part of the new certification program, a significant number of new capability requirements have been added, and a new set of tests -- including radiated performance testing (RPT) thresholds and operator interoperability testing (IOT) -- have been implemented. The program aims to dramatically decrease a mobile operator's interoperability testing overhead. In addition, these tests will ensure equipment interoperability at the level operators require. In order to address and scale to market demands, the WiMAX Forum has the following independent lab resources available to certify equipment and devices in an end-to-end IOT environment: AT4 Wireless (U.S. and Spain labs), Bureau Veritas ADT (Taiwan), Telecom Technology Center (Taiwan), China Academy of Telecommunication Research (China), and the Telecommunications Technology Association (Korea). Later this fall, the WiMAX Forum will add another test facility in Malaysia.

"The introduction of the Open Retail Initiative is a pivotal step for the WiMAX ecosystem to remain on the current accelerated path for mass adoption through a certification and IOT program that provides significant benefits to operators and vendors," said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. "For operators, this means a reduction of in-house IOT resources and costs, and quicker time to market and reduced risk for introductions of new devices on their networks. For device vendors, the program will enable instant access to participating operator networks, enabling them to market the same model of innovative product to operators around the globe."

A key element of the Open Retail Initiative is Certification Version Signaling (CVS), which allows participating operators to automatically identify the subscriber device and review its feature-by-feature certification test records during the network entry request. This process empowers the operator to automatically enforce policies to prevent uncertified devices from disrupting efficient network operation. Another important element of Open Retail is OMA DM device management, as specified by the Open Mobile Alliance. This will allow operators' networks to automatically configure and maintain Open Retail devices over the air throughout the device lifecycle.

"The response from operators and manufacturers has been positive as this is a win-win for growing the market opportunity for WiMAX worldwide," added Resnick. "The Open Retail Initiative enables innovation with a robust, lower-cost device ecosystem and enhanced distribution channels for WiMAX devices. Consumers will have more choice of devices with a greater number of operators and a growing number of consumer retail outlets."

For more information on the Open Retail Initiative, visit

The WiMAX Forum currently tracks 559 WiMAX deployments in 147 countries estimated to cover more than 620 million people across the globe. More than 130 devices and 60 base stations have been certified by the WiMAX Forum for the 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands.

About the WiMAX Forum®
The WiMAX Forum® is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization formed to certify and promote the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon the harmonized IEEE 802.16e/ETSI HiperMAN standard. A WiMAX Forum goal is to accelerate the introduction of these systems into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum Certified products are interoperable and support broadband fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile services. Along these lines, the WiMAX Forum works closely with service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified systems meet customer and government requirements. Through the WiMAX Forum Congress Events Series of global trade shows and events, the WiMAX Forum is committed to furthering education, training and collaboration to expand the reach of the WiMAX ecosystem. For more information, visit the trade show link at

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