Intel has released its first WiMax chipsets to support end-users deploying fixed broadband wireless services from carriers.
WiMax, short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a standards-based wireless technology for providing high-speed, last-mile broadband connectivity to homes and businesses and for mobile wireless networks.
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Intel’s WiMax chips will initially be used by carriers to deliver broadband internet access to remote areas not currently served by broadband DSL or cable networks, and will also make it possible to wirelessly connect buildings several miles apart.
Previously codenamed “Rosedale", the Intel Pro/Wireless 5116 broadband interface device is based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 WiMax standard, giving carriers and end-users the confidence that equipment from different suppliers will work together.
Some of the carriers working with Intel to introduce WiMax services include AT&T in the US, Altitude Telecom in France and BT in the UK. A number of OEMs have also signed up to use the Intel chips to manufacture WiMax customer premises equipment (CPE).
Chet Patel, BT general manager of the wireless access group, said, “WiMax is an exciting technology and BT will continue to watch its evolution. Currently our focus is the fixed wireless access market and we have already deployed services in key sites across the UK, including Northern Ireland.
“In addition we are pleased to announce that we have won the contract to deliver wireless advanced broadband internet services to businesses in Lincolnshire. We are committed to wireless access and believe the Intel Pro/Wireless 5116 broadband interface is an important step in its evolution.”