WiMAX Forum® Hosts
Rural Operator Workshop
March 24, 2011
Free two-day workshop provides rural operators with insights on
effectively deploying WiMAX™ networks
PORTLAND, Oregon, - The WiMAX Forum will host its third operator-focused
summit on April 26 – 27, 2011 at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in
Spokane, Washington, USA. The Rural Operator Summit will be an
interactive workshop for new WiMAX operators to gain a better
understanding of the necessary steps involved in launching a WiMAX
network, including performing a new site survey, analyzing, planning and
provisioning a network, deploying and maintaining a network and learning
about best practices required for ensuring a successful and profitable
"Providing operators with the tools to successfully launch their
WiMAX networks will help deliver on WiMAX's potential to fully address
today's broadband needs in the underserviced rural areas of the U.S.,"
said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. "The U.S.
Department of Agriculture's RUS Fund awarded over $504 million in grants
and loans to 40 companies from 22 states for use in the deployment of
WiMAX networks. At the WiMAX Forum, we make it a priority to do our part
to ensure these deployments run smoothly and that new operators have our
full support throughout their network deployments and beyond."
The WiMAX Forum has invited more than 150 WiMAX service providers and
vendors to help share key lessons learned from successful greenfield
WiMAX deployments. The program will include sessions from deployment to
marketing services, including:
* Operator Roundtable: Operational Considerations for Greenfield WiMAX
* Government Perspectives on the Need for Rural Broadband Networks
* Leveraging Public Funds to Build a Rural Broadband Network
* Backhaul Considerations
* Device and CPE Considerations
* Building a Greenfield WiMAX Network - Timing and Planning
* Roaming and The US Spectrum Landscape
* OSS and AAA Considerations for WiMAX Network Deployments
* Review of Key Success Areas After Deploying a WiMAX Network
* Money Matters – How to raise money, manage it well and develop a
successful business for Cash Flow or Exit
This event is available at no cost to all WiMAX operators. Membership in
the WiMAX Forum is not a requirement for operators to attend.
Immediately following the close of the Rural Operator Summit, the WiMAX
Forum will offer a day of WiMAX certified training courses hosted by
CelPlan® Technologies. To register for these fee-based courses, please
go to http://www.celplan.com/.
To register for the WiMAX Forum Rural Operator Summit, please visit
The WiMAX Forum estimates that for every dollar spent on a new network,
a WiMAX operator can cover 10 to 20 times the number of homes and
businesses with WiMAX service than can be covered with wireline options.
These savings are passed along to the customer and, more importantly,
mean more customers will have access to broadband services. Rural
America is home to about 17 percent (50 million) of the nation's people
and accounts for 75 percent of the nation's land, according to the
United States Department of Agriculture. About 12 percent of U.S.
households have no access to broadband service, placing the U.S. at 15th
in broadband penetration worldwide.
In February, the WiMAX Forum hosted an operator summit for BSNL
franchisees in India. The event was filled to capacity, and more than
120 attendees representing BSNL franchisees, international WiMAX service
providers, media and WiMAX equipment vendors shared key lessons learned
from successful WiMAX deployments. Based on the demand for these events,
the WiMAX Forum is planning additional operator summits around the world
For more information on WiMAX Forum initiatives, please visit
About the WiMAX Forum®
The WiMAX Forum® is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization formed
to certify and promote the compatibility and interoperability of
broadband wireless products based upon the harmonized IEEE 802.16e/ETSI
HiperMAN standard. A WiMAX Forum goal is to accelerate the introduction
of these systems into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum Certified products
are interoperable and support broadband fixed, nomadic, portable and
mobile services. Along these lines, the WiMAX Forum works closely with
service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified
systems meet customer and government requirements. Through the WiMAX
Forum Congress Events Series of global trade shows and events, the WiMAX
Forum is committed to furthering education, training and collaboration
to expand the reach of the WiMAX ecosystem. For more information, visit
the trade show link at www.wimaxforum.org.
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