Official, full-fledged interoperability testing for WiMAX equipment, sponsored by the WiMAX Forum, will begin in July at the CETECOM laboratory in Spain. Equipment certified by that laboratory is expected to start being available to wireless ISPs at the end of this year.
However, Aperto said that, prior to submitting its PacketMAX products to the certification labs, it conducted its own interoperability tests of its equipment built around different chipsets. It found that the equipment interoperated successfully.
"This milestone is a key step towards the promise of WiMAX, where broad-based interoperability will provide service providers with easy-to-deploy and best-of-breed system elements," Aperto CEO Reza Ahy said in a statement. "We have performed substantial conformance testing and pre-staging in our labs for the submission of our PacketMAX portfolio to the CETECOM labs. We are also performing bilateral interoperability with other key players to ensure a smooth process through the WiMAX Forum defined tests."