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Motorola, Nokia Unveil WiMAX Product Rollouts

Motorola and Nokia squared off at a WiMAX trade show Wednesday as both wireless titans announced products that underscore their commitment to the emerging broadband wireless technology.

Nokia unveiled its Flexi WiMAX Base Station, a compact and lightweight module that can be installed indoors or outdoors. The base station will be commercially available for the 2.5 GHz band at the end of 2007 and for the 3.5 GHz band in the first quarter of 2008.

Also unveiled at WiMAX World USA in Boston was Motorola's first generation of WiMAX CPE gear. Motorola said its "plug and play" products include its outdoor CPEo 200 Series and its indoor CPEi 200, 400 and 600 Series.

Motorola said its WiMAX equipment is currently being tested in 18 global markets. Its gear is being deployed in an 802.16e network in Pakistan.

Its products on display at the trade show this week will be available for trial later this year, Motorola said, adding that their general availability is scheduled for the first half of 2007.

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