Intel denies WiMax retreat


Intel denies WiMax retreat

Warwick Ashford

Chipmaker Intel has denied it is scaling back its commitment to the WiMax wireless standard.

Intel issued as statement confirming its support of WiMax following media reports that the company had shut down the office it set up to promote the development of WiMax-related technologies.

The chipmaker said organisational changes did not reflect a change in commitment, according to US reports.

Intel said WiMax has evolved since the office was set up and the re-organisation in the company is nothing unusual.

The company set up a similar office to support WiFi, but this too was dissolved once the technology had matured.

"The mission of getting WiMax off the ground and in the market is accomplished. The folks working in the program office merely are being housed under our existing Intel business groups," said Intel spokesman Bill Kircos said in a blog post.

There are 500 WiMax networks in 147 countries. WiMax continues to expand and could cover as 800M potential users by the end of the year, he said.

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