NTT Docomo Inc. will begin evaluating Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMax) this month.
"Docomo will be in charge of the test among the NTT group and landline companies will join the test," said Masao Nakamura, president and CEO of Docomo.
"I've been interested in WiMax as an intermediate technology between fixed line and mobile. We'll begin the test quite soon," added Nakamura.
Docomo will evaluate WiMax performances such as throughput and intervene.
WiMax activity is accelerating worldwide. Tokyo based Yozan Inc. entered into a commercial service based on IEEE 802.16-2004 last December, which the company claimed to be the world’s first. Samsung Electronics plans to launch WiBro service the first half of this year.
Three new carriers will begin mobile phone services this year in Japan using newly available 1.7 GHz and 2.0 GHz bands. Some also plan to incorporate WiMax in their service networks.