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OFDM Forum Meeting Gets Underway


Wireless Industry Leaders Speak to the Need for Single Wireless Data Transmission Standard

Calgary, Alberta
July 13, 2000

The OFDM Forum opens its two-day meeting in Calgary, Alberta today, where industry leaders from around the world will discuss establishing a single, compatible global OFDM standard for wireless data transmission. 

The meeting will consist of presentations and working group sessions designed to provide delegates the opportunity to share information about the latest developments in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology and products. Scheduled presentations include: 

4G network Technologies Inc.
- Vision of the Future from a Carrier Perspective

California PATH, University of California at Berkeley
- OFDM Networks for Intelligent Transportation Systems

SmartMove USA, Inc.
- Mobile OFDM Application

- Latest OFDM Research Results

- OFDM and Parallel Processing

ShareWave Inc.
- Proposed Extensions to 802.11MAC for QoS Support

As well, the following OFDM Forum Principal Members will be presenting during the working group sessions:
- Alcatel
- Ericsson
- Nokia Inc.
- Wi-LAN Inc.

Working group sessions will include formal and informal discussions as well as presentations related to: Fixed Wireless Access; Wireless Local Area Networks, Wireless Personal Area Networks & Home Multi-Media; and, Wireless Road Access. 

"The agenda for this meeting has been designed to promote the sharing of knowledge between complementary organizations and industries with a goal of advancing wireless technology and products," said Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, Chairman and CEO of Wi-LAN Inc. and Chair of the OFDM Forum. 

About OFDM:
Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) is a technology that is considered to be the cornerstone of the next generation of high-speed wireless data products and services for corporate and consumer use. OFDM is also at the foundation of both the IEEE 802.11a and ETSI BRAN standards and is used in numerous multimedia applications. 

OFDM technology has the potential to revolutionize how communications around the world occurs. By providing consumers with easy and rapid data transmission, any of the following day-to-day tasks are possible: 

* Browsing the Internet from a park 
* Watching the news while in a car 
* Setting up a home office without wires 
* Controlling environmental settings from anywhere 

About the OFDM Forum:
The OFDM Forum is a market development association comprised of hardware manufacturers, software firms, telecommunications companies and other users interested in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology in wireless applications. The OFDM Forum was established to create a single, compatible global OFDM standard for cost-effective, high-speed wireless networks on a variety of devices. For more information about the OFDM Forum, please visit the website at

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