SOURCE: Beceem


October 06, 2009 03:00 ET

WiMAX Growth in India Is Fueled by Outdoor CPEs From ICOMM and Beceem

First of Its Kind "WiMAX Outdoor CPE" Improves the Economics of Deploying WiMAX Networks in Urban and Rural Markets Across India

GENEVA--(Marketwire - October 6, 2009) - ITU World -- Responding to the explosive potential for wireless broadband services in India, ICOMM Tele, a leading provider of telecom solutions for service providers in India, and Beceem Communications, a leading global provider of Mobile WiMAX chips, are announcing the commercial availability of their jointly developed portfolio of WiMAX modems for the India market.

The collaboration between ICOMM and Beceem is a move that highlights the growing strength of the device ecosystem in India. The ICOMM WiMAX portfolio is comprised of the ICOMM 700, an innovative outdoor Modem, the ICOMM 610, an integrated broadband router for the home, and the ICOMM 900 USB dongles.

The CPE products are specifically designed to meet the stringent requirements of the Indian market:

-- Unparalleled data throughput and simultaneous VOIP support
   -- Only Beceem's BCS5200 gateway chipset meets this requirement
-- The best WiMAX uplink link budget available in any WiMAX modem
   -- Beceem's innovative 2 Antenna transmit diversity solution
      provides a 2dB larger link budget advantage over competing
-- In addition the ICOMM 700 outdoor CPE provides has integrated
   an ultra low cost Power over Ethernet solution and a customized
   environmental enclosure

All ICOMM products are WiMAX Forum Wave 2 certified and the first generation of ICOMM's WiMAX products supports the 2.5GHz spectrum and is already being deployed inside BSNL's new Mobile WiMAX network in the Kerala circle.

"The ICOMM 700 WiMAX outdoor modem is a perfect choice for BSNL and other Service Providers in India," said Sumanth Paturu, MD of ICOMM Tele. "Combining our expertise in designing high-performance products at affordable prices with Beceem's best in class WiMAX chips and know-how has led to a product portfolio whose price and performance is second to none in the global market."

"It is clear that wireless broadband era has now finally arrived in India," said Prof. Arogyaswami Paulraj, Co-founder and CTO of Beceem. "Working closely with ICOMM has allowed both of us to bring tailor made solutions to the Indian market, and help accelerate BSNL's WiMAX deployment. ICOMM and Beceem can now offer proven solutions to the private operators launching WiMAX networks in India beginning 2010."

About Beceem Communications

Beceem is the leading provider of mobile WiMAX semiconductors, having shipped more than 1 million WiMAX chips in Q3 2009 alone. Beceem offers a number of single chip solutions optimized for mobile devices and CPE markets that provide proven over-the-air data speeds exceeding 30 Mbps, and are fully qualified against the WiMAX base stations from all major OEMs.

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