WiMAX vs LTE Debate to take Place at WiMAX World Europe

Key executives from the telecommunication industry will convene at the upcoming WiMAX World Europe Conference & Expo, May 29-31, 2007, at the Austria Center Vienna, to discuss the future of mobile WiMAX and competing technologies in Europe. The Great Debate: WiMAX vs. LTE will be open to all conference and expo attendees and is scheduled for Thursday, May 31 at noon.

Mobile WiMAX will not succeed in the European market unless its proponents achieve greater clarity in defining and targeting the true addressable market for the technology. Mobile WiMAX has much promise for both mobile and fixed operators, but has only begun to deliver. The mobile community, led by 3GSM, has responded to WiMAX by developing 3G-LTE which offers a migration path from 3G to an OFDMA based technology and similar network topology to that associated with mobile WiMAX. With competing technologies emerging in the marketplace, service providers are faced with the challenge of choosing between WiMAX or 3G-LTE technologies.

“The future for mobile broadband networks based on WiMAX technologies will ultimately rest on the unique applications and services that service providers will be able to deliver to end users,” said Philip Marshall, Vice President, Enabling Technologies, Yankee Group and moderator of the Debate. “The Great Debate executive panel will discuss the “pros” and “cons” for each mobile broadband technology, as well as the potential and business model opportunities that they will provide for broadband service providers, with timelines of when and where attendees can expect to begin seeing initial rollouts, and the fundamental impact that these technologies are likely to have on the future of mobile broadband.”

The Great Debate: WiMAX vs. LTE will feature participation from:

  • Barry West, CTO and President of 4G Mobile Broadband, Sprint Nextel
  • Dr. Mo Shakouri, VP Marketing, WiMAX Forum / WiMAX Forum Board Member
  • Ivano Costa, Innovation Technologies, Telecom Italia SpA
  • Lars Johnsson, VP of Business Development, Beceem Communications

“This gathering of executives from different backgrounds to debate and discuss the most reliable and efficient mobile broadband technology of the future, is a must for anyone who has a stake in the future of mobile broadband and the telecommunications industry.” Said Eliot Weinman, Conference Founder and President of Yankee Group’s Events and Publishing Division, the organizer of the WiMAX World Series.

The Great Debate is part of a comprehensive three day conference program at WiMAX World Europe, which includes a four track program containing over 90+ industry leaders and key network operators.

Among the experts presenting at the conference will be:

  • Barry West, CTO and President of 4G Mobile Broadband, Sprint Nextel
  • Scott Richardson, Chief Strategy Officer, Clearwire
  • Neil Parkinson, CEO, Irish Broadband
  • Gerard Macnamee, CTO, UK Broadband
  • Fabrice Ballart, General Director – Altitude Telecom
  • Peter Ziegewanger, CTO, WiMAX Telecom
  • Georg Maunz, Head of Network Engineering, WiMAX Telcom
  • Christian Haspl, Commercial Development Manager for Messaging & DVB-H, 3 Austria
  • Tariq Qureshi, Executive Vice President Commercial (P&S), Pakistan Telecommunications Ltd.
  • Ivano Costa, Innovation Technologies, Telecom Italia SpA
  • Jeanine van der Vlist, CEO, WorldMAX BV
  • Dov Bar Gera, CEO, WiMAX Telecom
  • Krassimir Stoitcheff, CEO, MAX Telecom
  • Milan Kovacevic, Executive Manager, SAGA, Serbia
  • Tomasz Mrowiec, General Manager, SferaNet
  • Rafi Haladjian, CEO and Founder, Ozone
  • Niall Murphy, CTO, The Cloud
  • Taher Bouzayan, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Tunisiana, Orascom Telecom Tunisiana
  • Ahmed Ebraheem, Managing Director, Arab Telecom
  • Rizwan Tiwana, Deputy General Manager, Planning & Design Engineering, Wateen Telecom
  • Luis Miguel Garcia, CEO, Iberbanda

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