Archive for September, 2009

PocketiNet Selects Aperto’s PacketMAX WiMAX Solution for Tri-Cities Broadband Deployment

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Network uses advanced 802.16d technology to bring competitive high bandwidth broadband services to Southeast Washington State.

MILPITAS, CA - Sept. 15, 2009 - Aperto Networks, a WiMAX pioneer and technology leader, announced today that Washington State-based PocketiNet Communications has chosen PacketMAX fixed WiMAX products to build a region-wide WiMAX wireless broadband network in Southeast Washington, known as the Columbia Basin area. The network went live in May of this year with launches in the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla markets after over one year of testing. Prior to PocketiNet’s launch of services, residents and business in the rural tri-State area had limited broadband choices, such as costly T1 lines. PocketiNet plans to continue deploying the WiMax technology in other areas on its network in the upcoming year.

PocketiNet selected the fixed version of the WiMAX standard because it was designed for high capacity and for supporting large coverage from a single cell with users running multiple applications, including real time services like voice, with a high quality of service (QoS). Additionally, Aperto’s PacketMAX offered patent-pending WiMAX plus features that improve the wireless link and network QoS above the base standard.

“We’re pleased to offer this latest generation of WiMAX fixed wireless service to our region,” said PocketiNet president and founder Todd Brandenburg. “PocketiNet has always strived to provide innovative solutions and next-generation applications which equates to a better level of service to our customers and our testing showed that Aperto’s PacketMAX was more than up to the challenge.”

“PacketMAX is the result of our over 10 years and 20 patents of pioneering leadership in WiMAX,” said Brian Deutsch, CEO of Aperto Networks. “We are only able to attract quality broadband operators like PocketiNet because of our commitment to building the best and most versatile fixed WiMAX solution on the planet. And PocketiNet’s ability to close the business case with residential users proves the cost efficiency of PacketMAX.”

Aperto’s PacketMAX is available in both 802.16d and 802.16e variants, enabling customers to pick the version of solution that best meets their frequency and application needs. PacketMAX also offers a powerful network management platform with advanced features for real-time monitoring and control of all network elements. PacketMAX consists of high performance, carrier-class base stations and a broad family of cost-effective subscriber units. PacketMAX subscriber units are co-developed with and contract manufactured by Tranzeo Wireless Technologies (TSX:TZT).

About PocketiNet Communications
PocketiNet Communications, Inc is a regional Internet Service Provider servicing 14 communities throughout Eastern Washington and Northeast Oregon. The company delivers business class Internet and Wide Area Network solutions to business and enterprise customers as well as a host of value-added Internet services. PocketiNet has offices in Kennewick and Walla Walla, WA and was founded in 2000 with the mission of bringing advanced Internet solutions to rural communities. Visit for more information.

About Aperto Networks
Aperto Networks helps service providers worldwide profitably deliver affordable wireless voice and broadband services by building the world’s most advanced fixed and mobile WiMAX Forum Certified base stations and subscriber units. Aperto fundamentally changes the economics of delivering voice and broadband services through IP-rich, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks, allowing carriers to offer a wider variety of services to more customers using less equipment. Its carrier-grade WiMAX technology offers industry-leading subscriber density, quality of service, ease of use, and reliability. Aperto is a founding board member of the WiMAX Forum, as well as a founder and lead contributor to IEEE 802.16 and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Serving more than 400 customers in 90 countries, Aperto Networks is based in Milpitas, California. For more information, visit us at

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Which WiMAX Are You? Learn About the Right WiMAX Platform Choice at a Special Forum and Education Summit within 4GWorld 2009 in Chicago.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

CHICAGO - September 14, 2009 - Which WiMAX Are You?’ a Special Forum and Education Summit within 4G World 2009, opens today to inform and guide service providers, enterprise customers, analysts, and the media through the multiple standards, platform differences, and use cases that make up the 802.16 family of wireless broadband technologies.

During ‘Which WiMAX Are You’, sessions will be offered highlighting applications and deployment scenarios for the robust and reliable 802.16d specification, currently supporting the vast majority of commercial WiMAX deployments to date, 802.16e the mobile version of WiMAX designed for mobile broadband deployments in handheld devices and laptops, and upcoming versions of the standard, including 802.16m.

“There is confusion in the industry, including the media, regarding the best WiMAX technology and deployment options for service providers, enterprises, industry verticals and governments.” said Brian Deutsch, CEO of Aperto Networks and WiMAX Forum Board Member.  “‘Which WiMAX Are You?’ is an educational forum designed to help industry stakeholders understand the best WiMAX deployment scenario for their specific business plan and network needs,” he said.

‘Which WiMAX Are You?’ will be held within 4G World 2009 in Chicago at the McCormick Center Room 178B on the first floor of the West Building Wednesday and Thursday September 16 and 17, 2009. Doors will be open from 12:30pm-6:00pm on Wednesday, with a special cocktail reception from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. On Thursday, doors will open at 12:00pm through 5:00pm.

A full schedule of events, including education sessions, panel discussion, and press opportunities can be found at

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Which WiMAX Are You?

Friday, September 11th, 2009

There is a growing debate in the media and among the service provider community on the migration to so-called 4G broadband wireless networks, as well as the technical and air interface standards required to achieve next generation in connectivity. Much of this debate revolves around the 802.16e version of WiMAX and LTE.

One of the key issues in the debate - primarily in the media and on trade show panels - is that because 802.16e was developed primarily as a mobile standard, it is automatically made synonymous with WiMAX when compared with LTE. This is a misnomer. There is more than one flavor of WiMAX that service providers, enterprises, and municipalities can use to achieve next generation networks. And whether or not 802.16e “wins” or “loses” in the market, the rest of the WiMAX family of standards has plenty of room to succeed.

For this purpose, we created a Forum called ‘Which WiMAX Are You?‘. It is designed to offer the media, analysts, service providers, large enterprises and municipalities a balanced view of where the various WiMAX standards fit in networks, and how, in many cases, different WiMAX standards can be used in the same network to achieve a reliable, cost-effective, ubiquitous broadband wireless experience in many markets and applications around the world.

We have coincided the launch of Which WiMAX Are You? to launch at 4G World Conference and Expo, to be held in Chicago, September 15-18, 2009. During the conference, we will be offering media briefings and sessions designed to present various 802.16d and 802.16e standalone and combined use cases, as well as provide economic modeling and ROI analysis to show the benefits of both - and where each fits best in the migration plans for tomorrow’s broadband wireless networks. On this blog, we’ll be offering daily posts discussing the various aspects of each version of the WiMAX standard, and where they belong in the migratory mix.

We look forward to a healthy debate - and hope you’ll join in to offer your perspective.

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