There are a lot of opportunities for WiMAX in the near future, including new deployments in emerging markets and targeted solutions like the WiMAX smart meter project announced by SP Ausnet late last year. However, there is always the challenge of making network infrastructure investments profitable, particularly in smaller markets. Toward that end, Motorola announced today a new gateway for managing smaller WiMAX subscriber counts, and a new cost-effective, WiMAX desktop modem.
The ASN 1000 gateway serves up to 24,000 subscribers, and can be upgraded to support 200,000 subscribers as needed. The CPEi 090, meanwhile, is slimmed down to accommodate data only (no voice), and comes with just one port. Efficient, effective gear makes for greater market opportunity, and greater WiMAX adoption.
In a separate announcement today (we are in the lead-up to Mobile World Congress), Motorola also introduced a new WiMAX docking station for the USBw 200 WiMAX adapter. This is an interesting play because it extends the the reach of the USB device for mobile WiMAX users who also want to rely on the service for home use. The docking station boosts indoor performance for the USB adapter, making it more similar to a traditional desktop modem. Want to see how it works? You can see a demo at Mobile World Congress (Hall 8, 8A51), or check out the video below. You can also find more info on Motorola’s WiMAX activities in the WiMAX stream on this site.