WiMAX™ Operators Gather to Draft Global Roaming Agreements

Taipei, Taiwan — Sixteen WiMAX operators from across the globe gathered in Taipei this week to draft roaming agreements and bring consumers one step closer to true global roaming on 4G networks. The first WiMAX Forum Global Operator Summit served as an interactive working event for all service providers to gain a concrete understanding of the opportunity for roaming and how to build a best-in-class framework for execution.

Global roaming continues to be one of the biggest challenges and opportunities for operators in the near and long-term. According to Informa Telecoms & Media, global roaming revenues are expected to grow by 86 percent over the next five years to reach USD $67 billion in 2015.

“The WiMAX Forum Global Operator Summit was created to specifically address overcoming both business and consumer perceptions that data roaming is expensive, and to explore ways to help operators grow revenue,” said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. “WiMAX has an established ecosystem with nearly 600 deployments around the world. The opportunity for operators to offer their customers roaming is there, and it is an excellent way for operators to add another viable revenue stream and earn returns on their 4G network investments.”

Nearly 70 representatives attended working sessions and collaborated to overcome industry obstacles, including: Accton Wireless Broadband, Aicent, ADT-BV, Alepo, Apacewave, Aptilo, AT4 Wireless, Banglalion, BridgeWater Systems, BSNL, Bureau Veritas ADT, Clearwire, Elite Core – India, Encodex Telesystems, FarEasTone, Gemtek, Global Mobile, Greenpacket, ID-WIBB, Indochina Telecom, Intel, ITRI, KT Telecom, LG Electronics, Media Tek Inc., Mformation, Motorola, M-Skylink Telecom, Packet One International, Planet Online Laos, Samsung, Sprint, Syniverse, Tatung InfoComm Co. Ltd., TTC, UQ Communications, VeeTime, Wi-Tribe and YTL Communications.

The WiMAX Forum Operator Summit event team included representatives from Sprint Nextel, Packet One Networks and ITRI of Taiwan. Summit sponsors included: Aicent, Aptilo Networks, Gemtek, Global Mobile Corporation, Green Packet and Vee Telecom.

Windows Phone 7 Devices Will Charge Only When Powered On

Mobile phones running under Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system would charge only when powered on, as the charging process has been reportedly set to be controlled by the operating system.

Basically, this meant that, in case the handset is plugged in while turned off, it would turn on automatically. Moreover, if one tries to turn it offer while charging, the handset would only reboot.

When asked on Microsoft Answers why do the Windows Phone 7 devices behave this way, a moderator answered the following:

Personally I don’t like this behavior too but there are several reasons for it:

– main one would be that the charging process is now controlled by OS and therefore it must be running
– on many feature phones (including WP7) alarms are not working when the device is turned off
– wireless Zune synchronization

Basically, in case one user plugs in the Windows Phone 7 device for charging and it boots up, he/she should know that this is normal behavior.

Devices powered by other mobile operating systems out there enable users to charge them even at times when they are turned off, and this applies to handsets powered by Microsoft’s older Windows Mobile platform as well.

Of course, it is rather interesting that Microsoft decided to design the Windows Phone 7 OS this way, but those who would like to purchase and use such devices would have to accept this.

As for the reasons invoked for this state of facts, at least two of them stand up, including the OS control for a proper charging, and the wireless syncing with the PC, which would be performed only at times when the device is plugged in.

As for the fact that some features of the handset won’t work while it was turned off, such as the Alarm, this is the same behavior as with Windows Mobile, or even other mobile platforms out there, including Android, a recent article on Pocketnow reads.