Alcatel, South Korea's KT team on mobile WiMax

French telecoms equipment maker Alcatel SA and South Korean telco KT Corp. have agreed to establish a center in Seoul to conduct interoperability tests on infrastructure systems and devices based on the newly approved mobile WiMax standard, the companies said Friday.

Under the agreement, the companies will also develop new mobile broadband applications designed for WiMax-enabled devices.

The announcement comes one day after the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) ratified the 802.16e standard, also called mobile WiMax, which allows wireless base-station terminals to communicate with moving devices in much the same way cellular networks work.

Alcatel will provide radio access and core network components and integrate these systems with application platforms that will be used to test applications with local third-party developers.

The new joint testing center will be linked to the KT R&D Center, which will provide support in testing converged fixed-mobile broadband applications and evaluating user experience.

Both Alcatel and KT are members of the WiMax Forum, an industry-led, nonprofit organization formed to promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of mobile broadband products based on IEEE 802.16 specifications.

South Korea has been at the forefront of developing, testing and deploying many broadband wireless technologies.

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