Motorola bullish on mobile WiMAX"”report

14 Sep 2006

Motorola has high hopes for the mobile version of WiMAX broadband, the company's technology head said in a Reuters report.

The Reuters report, quoting an interview by Finnish business daily Kauppalehti, said Motorola CTO Padmasree Warrior expects WiMAX mobile wireless broadband, which should be available within a year or two, to be a similar success to the established GSM technology

'Downloading a song into a handset would take three seconds using WiMAX. The user experience is completely different to current technologies,' she said.

But the success of WiMAX requires strong backing from mobile and semiconductor industry players, which Motorola is pursuing, she said, adding that Motorola's Finnish based rival Nokia is 'firmly with WiMAX.'

According to the Reuters report, the executive believes W-CDMA, the 3G extension of GSM, faces problems in terms of speed and cost.

The Motorola executive also said the company would soon launch a GSM version of its Moto Q enterprise handset, which currently only supports the CDMA standard, she was quoted as telling Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat.

The paper said Warrior saw mobile phone power consumption as the hottest question for the industry at the moment.

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