Alcatel, Intel join forces on WiMAX development

15th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

CANNES, France, Feb 15 (AFP) - French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel said Tuesday it had agreed to a tie-up with US semiconductor company Intel to develop and market the WiMAX high-speed wireless Internet access technology to telecom operators.

CANNES, France, Feb 15 (AFP) - French telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel said Tuesday it had agreed to a tie-up with US semiconductor company Intel to develop and market the WiMAX high-speed wireless Internet access technology to telecom operators.

The first tests of the technology under the agreement were scheduled for the first half of 2006, with a launch pencilled in for mid-2006, Alcatel said at the 3GSM World Congress here.

Alcatel said the joint development agreement expanded their strategic alliance on WiMAX, an emerging set of standards aimed at providing broadband access over wireless networks.

"In this unique collaboration, both companies have committed to work closely together to expedite the delivery of end-to-end residential, nomadic and ultimately mobile WiMAX solutions based on the IEEE 802.16e standard," the company said in a statement.

Based on that standard, WiMAX solutions will support nomadic, or roaming, usages "similar to how users connect via a single Wi-Fi hot spot today - as well as full mobility which allows users to remain connected while travelling between WiMAX 'hot zones' like when using a cell phone," it said.

The new technology would employ user devices based on Intel's next-generation chipsets and these WiMAX networks would seamlessly support the first Intel Centrino mobile technology-based notebooks.

The four-day 3GSM World Congress opened Monday in Cannes, the French Riveria resort, and was expected to draw 38,000 of the world's key mobile phone and content executives.

© AFP

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