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Oki, Huawei collaborate on mobile WiMAX

Posted: 08 Dec 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX  telecom  communications  Japan telecom  Oki Electric 

Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd and Huawei Technologies Co. have disclsoed an agreement to collaborate in the mobile WiMAX business to the telecom carriers in Japan. Oki will provide Huawei's mobile WiMAX Series products to telecom carriers in Japan starting in the fiscal year ending March 2008. OKI will also provide its products globally with the support of Huawei.

Mobile WiMAX has been attracting attention as a communication technology to enable users to access information. It can be used for higher-speed mobile communication amongst 3G mobile phone users in the metropolitan area, or to enable those living in suburban areas, where laying out fibre lines or ADSLs can be difficult, to access services through a wireless system.

With this collaboration, Oki will provide total solutions to telecom carriers in Japan. It will offer network equipment such as WiMAX base stations and base station control equipment for infrastructure, built-in terminals and PCMCIA card terminals. It will also offer services to evaluate, adjust and improve equipment as well as to provide maintenance service from its offices located in 300 locations throughout Japan.

"While Oki has supported the development of Japan's telecommunication industry for the past 125 years and has continued to provide high-quality products building on their technology, Huawei has been providing innovative solutions to meet our customers' needs in the WiMAX market," said Yan Lida, managing director of Huawei Technologies Japan K.K. "By working together, I believe we can lead the market by providing the best solutions and services to the Japanese customers."

"Oki will provide perfect solutions to the Japanese telecom carriers by combining our products with Huawei's products, and will deploy Oki's products globally working together with Huawei," said Yutaka Maeda, Executive Vice President of Oki Electric Industry, and chairman of Systems Network Business Group."

As a value added reseller, Oki will customise Huawei's mobile WiMAX products for the telecom carriers in Japan. Oki will also develop its own WiMAX-WiFi converter, WiMAX communication module for embedded systems, and indoor base station solutions such as pico cells. For base station solutions in particular, Oki plans to develop solutions with the support from Huawei.

Huawei, on the other hand, will develop applications and customise products based on Oki's marketing information, to promote mobile WiMAX products suited to Japan. It will improve end-to-end WiMAX solutions worldwide by incorporating Oki's WiMAX terminals and indoor base station solutions into Huawei's WiMAX products.

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