Intel and Nokia develop mobile WiMAX broadband

Intel and Nokia have joined forces to develop mobile WiMAX technology in an effort to achieve standardisation for the wireless broadband solution

Intel and Nokia have joined forces to develop mobile WiMAX technology in an effort to achieve standardisation for the wireless broadband solution.

The fixed WiMAX standard has already been finalised, and suppliers are currently planning to launch equipment which will allow users to access the internet from offices without having to use fixed broadband cabling.

WiMAX is a wide area wireless broadband technology which can carry data over miles rather than the metres supported by existing WiFi hotspots.

The fixed WiMAX standard has already been finalised, and suppliers are currently planning to launch equipment which will allow users to access the internet from offices without having to use fixed broadband cabling.

Intel and Nokia are now planning to give a kick-start to a form of WiMAX that allows users to roam using laptops, phones and personal digital assistants.

The two companies are hoping that a standard for this solution will be reached some time next year, and Intel is already developing laptop chips that will support it.

The mobile network expertise of Nokia is expected to give the standard further impetus. Mobile WiMAX  is expected to complement existing 3G mobile networks.

 

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