4G chipmaker Sequans Communications has announced that Japanese broadband provider UQ Communications, KDDI’s WiMAX joint venture with Intel Capital, East Japan Railway Company, Kyocera, Daiwa Securities Group and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, will launch the new Huawei Wi-Fi Walker HWD14 router on 31 October, to coincide with the deployment of its WiMAX 802.16m network, dubbed ‘WiMAX2+’. According to a press release, the router will feature what Sequans Communications claims to be ‘the first triple-mode’ capability; it will simultaneously support WiMAX 802.16e, WiMAX 802.16m and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technologies.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July 2011 UQ Communications announced that it had achieved downlink transmission speeds of over 100Mbps in what it described as the world’s first WiMAX2 field trial. The pilot, which was held in Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, was staged in cooperation with Samsung Electronics and used 20MHz of spectrum in the 2.6GHz band. WiMAX2 is based on the IEEE802.16m standard, as approved by the WiMAX Forum in May 2011. IEEE802.16m was approved as an IMT-Advanced technology by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).