The WiMax Forum should finish validating its system for certification testing next week.

Some vendors already have products at the Cetecom lab in Malaga, Spain, where certification will take place, but the past few weeks have been taken up by validation of the test scripts and test equipment, along with informal testing, said Gordon Antonello, senior technical advisor at Wi-LAN Inc. and chairman of the WiMax Forum Technical Working Group. Next week, that stage should be finished, he said.

The WiMax Forum expects formal testing to begin in October, according to Mo Shakouri, vice president and a board member of the group. It hopes to have the first products certified before the end of the year, he said.