ITU approves WiMAX as new IMT-2000 Standard

A very “techy” title, but what does it really mean?
First, a few pointers:
ITU approval, WiMAX Forum Press Release, Unstrung news.

Unstrung explains:
“News that WiMax is now officially a member of the IMT-2000 family of 3G standards should make it easier for operators to deploy networks in markets where spectrum is allocated specifically to IMT technologies.
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Initially this ruling will affect the so-called “UMTS Extension Bands” — frequencies at 2.5 GHz to 2.6 GHz. European regulators are due to start allocating this spectrum from January 2008.”

Overall, very good new for all the companies pushing WiMAX, and especially Intel.

disclaimer: This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. (I am working for a WiMAX equipment vendor).

Taipei restaurant – DinTaiFung

Just came back from a visit in DainTaiFung, a restaurant, or rather a chain of restaurants.
We had “just” 3 dishes for 3 people + 3 large beers:
Steamed pork dumplings – wonderful and juicy.
Steamed shrimp and pork dumplings – as wonderful
+ some fried rice.

Overall, highly recommended, and as it is on every guide, you can easily find it.

Best Of WiMAX World – MiMAX USB

The product I develop (I am the Software Manager), the MiMAX USB, won “Best Of WiMAX World 2007” in the Device/Peripheral/Application category. link
I am very proud of it, and to celebrate I attach a photo I took during the conference. The photo shows the MiMAX USB behind the Plexiglas, receiving video streaming using the MobiTV application.
Oh, the MiMAX USB is that small USB device connected to the Notebook.

MiMAX USB

disclaimer: This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. (I am working for a WiMAX equipment vendor).

Ikebana

My wife studied Ikebana for more than 10 years and has a teachers diploma. She sometimes just picks flowers, branches from the garden and assembles another work of art.

This time my child (3 years old) joined and created his own creation.

Ikebana

Woodpecker

There is a woodpecker around where I live. I can mostly hear it pecking the trees.
But, just this time I managed to take two photos. It is wonderful watching the nature just outside your window

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woodpecker

WiMAX World – Motorola R2D2 CPE

Xohm (sprint) presented the CPEs and devices to be used for the deployment of the XOHM network.
The following is a CPE from Motorola which I call: the “R2D2 design”.
Do you like it?
Motorola R2D2

disclaimer: This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. (I am working for a WiMAX equipment vendor).

TSA – Transport Security Administration broke my suitcase

When I returned home from WiMAX World in Chicago, I have noticed that the lock on my suitcase was broken.
At first I suspected the airline mishandled my suitcase; I didn’t suspect a theft attempt.

After I managed to open the suitcase (took me a while to figure out how, as the lock handle was broken as well), I found that almost everything in order except the Notebook bag was open. Took me a while longer till I found the following notice from the American TSA (Transport Security Administration):

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Stating that: “We broke your lock and you can’t do anything about it”.
The thing I loved most was the “Smart Security Saves Time”… Hmmm, I wonder.

So Basically, the TSA can do what ever they want with my bag, without notifying me (I was still in the Airport, and would have loved to assist them with their inspection), and they are not liable. “Smart Security” indeed.

KDDI Mobile WiMAX

These news are already old, but I was just too busy posting this entry.

KDDI has formed an alliance to bid for the lucrative 2.5GHz Mobile WiMAX license.
Named “Wireless Broadband Planning K.K” (WBPK), the company will receive an investment of 850 million YEN (~7 million dollars). I assume this is the only initial investment as it is obviously a small sum that is not even getting close to actual deployment (See sprint investment).

The group is comprised of KDDI, Intel, JR East, Kyocera, Daiwa, and Tokyo-Mitsubishi bank.

If you remember, the Japanese Ministry of communications (MIC) wanted to increase competition in the Japanese wireless industry. Therefore they do not allow the “big players” to own more than 33% of the companies that enter the 2.5GHz bid.
This link has the press conference slides. I may translate them at a later date.
If I have to bet, I guess DoCoMO (with ACCA) and KDDI (with this new consortium) will win the bid

disclaimer: This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. (I am working for a WiMAX equipment vendor).

Ear cleaning

An ear cleaning shop .Forgot where I took this photo, I think in Yokohama.
The sign says:
Quick course – 10 minutes, 1000 YEN
Relax Course – 20 minutes, 2000 YEN
Ear Clean course – 30 minutes, 3000 YEN

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