OKi and Alcatel-Lucent Collaborate in Marketing Mobile WiMAX Terminals
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Press release date: February 7, 2008
Terminals to be showcased at Mobile World Congress 2008
TOKYO, Feb. 7, 2008 -- Oki Electric Industry, Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6703), the leading Japanese electronic equipment manufacturer, today announced an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU), to jointly market OKI's mobile WiMAX terminals to the worldwide market. As part of the agreement, a demonstration showing how OKI terminals work with Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX base stations will be featured at Alcatel-Lucent's booth at Mobile World Congress 2008, which will be held from Feb. 11 to 14 in Barcelona, Spain (Booth number: 8A147 in Hall 8).
We are pleased to be working with Alcatel-Lucent, a global leader in the field of advanced communications infrastructure technology, to bring to consumers useful, reliable mobile devices that will enable them to stay in touch with the people they care about and get the information they need no matter where they are, said Kichiro Akino, President of Network Systems Company at Oki Electric Industry. This collaboration is an important step in promoting WiMAX technology worldwide because by working together we will be able to ensure seamless interoperability between OKI's various mobile WiMAX terminals and Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX base stations, making both sets of products more useful to businesses and consumers alike.
By joining the Open Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) Program, OKI will work with Alcatel-Lucent to share market data enabling both companies to better define, test and introduce features earlier, ensure faster availability of end-to-end solutions and widen the offering of terminals.
In signing the Global Co-Marketing and Interoperability Testing Agreements, OKI joins and further enhances Alcatel-Lucent's Open CPE Program, said Karim El Naggar, Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX Vice President. This will enable the two companies to offer an end-to-end WiMAX 802.16e-2005 solution that leverages OKI's leadership in developing compact devices with minimal power consumption.
The two companies will collaborate on conducting interoperability tests to obtain WiMAX Forum Certification and focus on offering new devices, developing features and improving overall performance on a wide range of devices, including CF cards to mobile terminals such as PCs, PDAs and UMPCs, data cards like USB dongles, and devices with a WiFi interface.
OKI expects to begin shipping WiMAX compatible products in the second half of this year, in time to coincide with the commercial launch of mobile WiMAX service.
About Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1881, Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. is Japan's first telecommunications manufacturer, with its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. OKI provides top-quality products, technologies and solutions to its customers through its info-telecom system business, semiconductor business and printer business. All three businesses function as a collective force to create exciting new products and technologies that satisfy a spectrum of customer needs in various markets. Visit OKI's global web site at http://www.oki.com/.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved adjusted proforma revenues of Euro 18.3 billion in 2006 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
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