Intel has launched its first WiMax product to give equipment manufacturers and carriers the ability to deliver next-generation wireless broadband networks around the world.
Several service providers have also announced plans to begin commercial WiMax trials based on Intel silicon products later this year, giving consumers and businesses a glimpse of the emerging high-speed technology. Key equipment providers have also announced WiMax solutions based on Intel's product.
Intel said its WiMax silicon delivered the features needed for cost-effective, high-speed wireless modems. The company said initial deployments would bring broadband internet access to remote areas not currently served by DSL or cable, and make it possible to wirelessly connect buildings up to several miles apart..
Carriers working with Intel include AT&T and BT.
Equipment manufacturers to announce their own Intel-based products includie Airspan, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Axxcelera Broadband Wireless, Gemtek, Proxim Corporation, Redline Communications, Siemens Mobile, SR Telecom and ZTE.
With the delivery of an Intel wireless broadband interface, these suppliers expect to participate in upcoming certification testing by the WiMax Forum, an industry group that tests and certifies the interoperability of WiMax products from different manufacturers.