Only a few days after it announced its new multimedia WiMAX solution, NextWave Wireless announced that it has entered into a strategic agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to integrate its new MXtv technology into the networking company’s WiMAX solution portfolio. The two companies also said they plan to perform interoperability tests with Alcatel-Lucent’s commercial WiMAX infrastructure starting in the second quarter of 2008.
“We are thrilled by the opportunity to collaborate with Alcatel-Lucent to develop new and highly advanced mobile multimedia offerings on their advanced WiMAX platform,” said Allen Salmasi, CEO of NextWave Wireless, in a statement. “User demand for mobile broadcast services is rapidly expanding and we believe that the exciting new applications offered through this alliance will provide mobile operators a unique ability to deliver the key differentiating feature of 4G networks.”
Philippe Keryer, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Mobile Access Division said, in a statement: “The shared goal of our collaboration with NextWave is to accelerate the mass adoption and delivery of high-performance end-to-end WiMAX solutions for NextWave and Alcatel-Lucent customers. Integrating NextWave’s MXtv technology with our industry-leading WiMAX network solutions and strengthening our OPEN CPE program with such new services will be a win-win for mobile network operators.”
The two expect products and services to be available later this year.
This partnership builds on NextWave’s previously announced MXtv partnership with Huawei Technologies.