Intel has claimed that broadband wireless technologies will help bring the next five billion users to the Internet.
In a speech to Wireless Communications Association annual symposium in the US, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Communications Group Sean Maloney, revealed that Intel will work to drive down the cost and increase the availability of broadband wireless technologies, including 802.11 wireless local area networking and 802.16 wireless metropolitan area networking.
Specifically, 802.16 technology, otherwise known as WiMAX, complements WLAN by connecting 802.11 hot spots to the Internet and provides a wireless alternative for last-mile broadband connectivity to businesses and homes. "The wireless service provider and telecommunication equipment industries are rallying around WiMAX technology because of its tremendous cost advantages to provide last-mile connectivity to large parts of the world that are too expensive to serve with wired technologies," said Mr Maloney. "WiMAX-certified systems will provide the building blocks to connect the next five billion users to the Internet and truly usher in the broadband wireless revolution."
"We see a three-phased deployment of 802.16 technology that will begin with fixed outdoor antenna installations, quickly bringing wireless to emerging markets and speeding the installation of broadband services without the need to lay wire or cable," said Maloney. "The technology will then rapidly progress to indoor antenna installations, broadening its appeal to carriers seeking simplified installation at user sites. Finally, in the third phase, WiMAX-Certified hardware will be available in portable solutions for users who want to roam within or between service areas."
Maloney announced that Intel is working with leading telecommunications companies, including Airspan Networks, Alvarion, Aperto Networks and Redline, to develop and deploy WiMAX-certified 802.16 equipment based on Intel silicon.