Intel is bringing forward its Wimax long range wireless data plans, with the introduction of laptop data cards before the year is out.
Wimax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) can provide data access over distances of a number of kilometres, rather than the metres seen with current Wi-Fi networks.
It is also a useful way to provide broadband access to those internet users not covered by broadband networks, particularly in rural areas.
Intel had initially planned to start selling Wimax cards some time next year, but it says it will now have them ready for laptops in the second half of this year.
The company is also developing a chip that will allow a single data connectivity card to run on both Wimax and Wi-Fi networks.
The first Wimax CPE (customer premises equipment) hardware to meet the standard has already been accredited by standards bodies.
The UK Wimax market is now waiting for the first telcos to confirm the first Wimax connectivity services.
Extensive Wimax trials are already taking place in countries including