ProVision Announces Support for the WiMAX Forum

ProVision Communications today announced its support for single-standard WiMAX technology by becoming a member of the WiMAX Forum, an industry-led non-profit organization committed to promoting and certifying interoperable WiMAX products.

“The WiMAX Forum represents the interests of the whole range of companies involved in developing networks and systems based on the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN standards,” said ProVision CEO David Sykes. “Our ProPhecy network planning and optimisation suite has been specifically developed to meet the needs of operators seeking to roll out efficient and competitive WiMAX networks. Membership of the WiMAX Forum is a logical step for us to confirm our commitment to the WiMAX community.”

OFDM systems such as WiMAX need a sophisticated approach to network planning and optimisation if operators are to achieve the right balance between the inevitable technical and commercial constraints. The ProPhecy propagation prediction engine is one of the most advanced and accurate wireless network planning tools currently available, offering full 3D planning of non line of sight (NLOS) systems, with GIS database resolutions down to 1m. It is equally capable of modelling both urban environments and less dense rural environments, predicting indoor coverage, and taking account of factors such as foliage. ProPhecy’s unique optimiser substantially improves return on investment (ROI) for WiMAX operators by reducing their capital investment and operating costs, while at the same time improving the network quality of service (QoS) and maximising the data throughput per user compared with traditional planning methods.

“The WiMAX Forum continues to gain industry support with more than 520 members to date,” said Ron Resnick, president of the WiMAX Forum. “As companies, both large and small, join together to create an ecosystem of interoperability, their products and services are delivering anytime, anywhere broadband access to consumers around the world.”
The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led non-profit organization comprising more than 520 companies committed to promoting and certifying interoperable WiMAX products. WiMAX products are designed to deliver wireless broadband services to both residential customers and businesses by creating economies of scale made possible by standards-based, interoperable products and services.