The WiMax Forum said its lead certification lab is open for formal Mobile WiMax certification testing and evaluation of Mobile WiMax products.
The organization called this a step to bringing service providers closer to offering mobile broadband Internet to consumers.
That means vendors can begin submitting 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz Mobile WiMax equipment for testing.
The lab is at AT4 Wireless in Spain; four other labs are planned in the United States, Taiwan, China and Korea.
“With today’s announcement, certified Mobile WiMax products are projected to reach the commercial market in early 2008. The WiMax Forum expects hundreds of products to be submitted for testing,” it stated, calling the announcement an important milestone, particularly “relative to alternative mobile broadband technologies such as LTE which are several years behind WiMax technology.”
The Forum says 300 operators in 65 countries have deployed Mobile WiMax pilots and trials.