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WiMAX took a major step forward into the consumer space with yesterday’s announcement by Motorola of the availability of the USBw 100, the first USB adaptor for bringing WiMAX’s high-speed mobile broadband to laptop PCs.

Fulfilling a promise of delivering high-speed, wireless broadband while on the go, Motorola, yesterday unveiled its first WiMAX USB adaptor, the USBw 100.

This thumb-drive-sized device is available in three versions to connect to WiMAX networks in each of the three bands approved for use around the world, namely 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5 GHz. The Motorola USBw 100 plugs directly into laptop computers to provide mobile wireless broadband connectivity, both indoors and out. It is expected to reach South Africa in the last quarter of 2008.

Motorola’s wi4 WiMAX USB adaptor has been designed with multiple antenna technology to provide high-speed connectivity in the various and unpredictable environments where users expect service, especially indoor home, business and coffee shop environments, as well as on-the-go in a mobile world. The USBw 100 delivers increased range and higher throughput when compared with single-antenna solutions.

When used with Motorola’s dual antenna Diversity Access Point (DAP) /Wireless Access Point (WAP) 400 Series, both uplink and downlink performance are significantly enhanced. Motorola said the device, which easily plugs into the USB port, seamlessly connects the laptop computer to a WIMAX broadband network for reliable, easy, high-speed connection for e-mail, web surfing, video and audio streaming, GPS services, Internet phone calls and other uses. ‚Our new USBw 100 adaptor will let people enjoy desktop-like performance while on the go with their laptop computers by giving them wireless connectivity to a WiMAX service provider’s broadband wireless network,‚ said Charles Riggle, senior director of strategy and business development, WiMAX devices, Home & Networks Mobility. ‚With hundreds of thousands of commercial WiMAX CPEs shipped to date, the USBw 100 is the latest addition to our portfolio of award-winning devices that are providing fixed, nomadic and mobile connectivity to our WiMAX customers around the world.‚

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