CUPERTINO and ANAHEIM, California – January 8, 2008 – ZyXEL, a Sprint designated 4G WiMAX modem manufacturer, and Sequans, ZyXEL’s chosen chip supplier, announced today their collaboration in providing an advanced Mobile WiMAX device to Sprint that will debut with the launch of Sprint’s highly anticipated Xohm™ network in 2008. The Sequans-based ZyXEL device is an integrated access design that will enable Sprint to offer its Xohm Internet mobile services.
“ZyXEL and Sequans are both noteworthy Mobile WiMAX technology suppliers and we are delighted to have the leading edge ZyXEL device debut with our Xohm network,” said Bin Shen, VP of broadband for Sprint Nextel. “The ZyXEL and Sequans device collaboration is helping us to meet time-to-market and service innovation requirements.”
“Sequans is an immensely innovative company and has matched our passion in developing leading edge, high-performance WiMAX devices on an aggressive schedule,” said Munira Brooks, ZyXEL’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Together we share with Sprint a common goal to mobilize the Internet and we’re looking forward to the successful launch of their service.”
“Our extensive private and public interoperability testing experience, including participation in WiMAX Forum™ certification testing and all WiMAX Forum PlugFests, has enabled us to accelerate our testing cycles and meet Sprint’s critical launch milestones.” said Bernard Aboussouan, Sequans’ VP of marketing and business development.
Sequans and ZyXEL are part of Sprint’s Mobile WiMAX ecosystem and the two are participating in Sprint’s interoperability testing. Subscriber devices from ZyXEL and other manufacturers, along with leading RAN vendors including Motorola, Samsung, and Nokia-Siemens, form the core of Sprint’s WiMAX ecosystem.
The ZyXEL MAX-206m2 device is a 4G modem/router targeted for commercial release in the second quarter of 2008. It delivers high speed Internet access wirelessly with built-in residential gateway functions in an elegant form factor.
The ZyXEL MAX-206m2 device will be on display at 2008 International CES in ZyXEL’s booth, number 27023, hall 2 south, and in the Mobile and WiMAX Tech Zone at the Sands Expo, booth number 72404, January 7-10, Las Vegas.
About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL Communications, Inc., with North American headquarters in Anaheim, California, is one of the world’s foremost suppliers of broadband networking and Internet connectivity/routing products. ZyXEL is focused on developing MSAPs, xDSL DSLAMs / modems / gateways, cable access, broadband-sharing, VoIP, wireless and security solutions for a large target audience including Telcos, cable operators, ISPs, small-to-medium sized businesses, SOHO, residential and institutional MxU (multi-tenant unit/multi-dwelling unit) markets. Some of ZyXEL’s largest customers include: Sprint, Time Warner, Charter, Earthlink, Chunghwa Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, Telefónica Brazil, Telia, Verizon and many others. ZyXEL’s North American distributors include Embarq, Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Wynit. ZyXEL offers its channel partners industry leading incentives with a full line of enterprise-class products through the North America ZySTAR Channel Program. For more information on ZyXEL Communications and its broadband solutions, visit the company’s website at http://www.us.zyxel.com.
SEQUANS Communications is a leading supplier of subscriber station and base station chips for both fixed and mobile WiMAX, based on IEEE 802.16-2004 and 802.16e-2005 standards, Sequans offers equipment manufacturers an all-in-one solution with full MAC and PHY functionality, enabling them to build a wide range of high performing WiMAX network components: femto, pico, micro and multi-sector macro base stations, outdoor and indoor subscriber terminals, home gateways, and all types of mobile devices. www.sequans.com