Siemens launches new WiMAX modem

Siemens has unveiled the Gigaset SE461, its first WiMAX modem.

The company said the new modem, which was launched at the CeBIT electronics trade show in Hanover, was based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard and was designed for residential users and small to medium-sized enterprises.

The Gigaset SE461 supported data transfer rates of up to 20Mbps. Aside from high-speed Internet access, the modem could also be used to access video-on-demand, video streaming and VoIP, Siemens said.

As the WiMAX modem operated in the 2.3-2.5GHz, 3.4-3.6GHz and 3.6-3.8GHz frequency ranges, Siemens said it could be used worldwide.

Siemens added that the new device was plug and play and could work with nearly any other PC due to its Ethernet interface and support of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

The modem is available with two different antennae: one close range antenna designed for desktop use and an outdoor antenna with a larger range.