Intel and French telecommunications equipment manufacturer Alcatel are working together on WiMax wireless technology with the aim of delivering products by the second half of 2005.
WiMax is a metropolitan area networking technology based on the IEEE 802.16 family of standards. It operates over tens of kilometres and could provide an alternative "last mile" connection for homes and businesses or bring fixed wireless broadband to areas that lack landlines.
Intel will work with Alcatel on the definition, standardisation, development, integration and marketing of WiMax end-to-end solutions.
Financial details for the strategic alliance were not disclosed.
Intel announced a similar deal with German electronics and engineering giant Siemens on Monday. As part of that agreement, Intel will work with the Siemens Information and Communication Mobile unit on the development of WiMax base-station infrastructure equipment as well as end-user subscriber station devices, with plans for introducing complete WiMax radio networks by the second half of 2005.
Additional WiMax strategic alliances with other companies can be expected in the near future. "Our objective is to speed the deployment WiMax far and wide," said Intel spokesman Mark Miller.
In January, Intel laid out its plans for producing WiMax chips at the Wireless Communications Association (WCA) International Technical Symposium & Business Expo in San Jose.
Laura Rohde writes for IDG News Service