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Intel, Sprint jointly explore WiMAX broadband technologies

Posted: 11 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sprint? ieee? 802.16e wimax? mobile technology? multimedia?

Intel Corp. and Sprint have agreed to jointly advance the development of IEEE standards-based 802.16e WiMAX mobile technology. The joint development is expected to provide high capacity wireless broadband coverage and services throughout metro areas and an enriched multimedia user experience.

The companies will collaborate on technical specifications, perform equipment trials and conduct interoperability testing to examine possible next-generation wide-area wireless broadband devices and services. Ubiquitous wireless broadband access will help meet blossoming demand among businesses and consumers for rapid wireless Internet connectivity and integrated multimedia services.

"Our relationship with Intel will help validate requirements, drive key ecosystem development needs, formulate network strategies and define the potential for advanced wireless services adoption," explained Oliver Valente, CTO, VP, technology development at Sprint.

Sprint is fostering a number of strategic partnerships and investigating multiple technologies in support of future wireless interactive multimedia services that would be considered for deployment in the 2.5GHz band of spectrum. WiMAX is one of the technologies Sprint is investigating for these services.

"WiMAX technology has the promise to deliver new broadband services to consumers globally," said Sean Maloney, EVP, general manager of the Intel Mobility Group.

WiMAX, short for worldwide interoperability for microwave access, is a standards-based wireless technology that provides high-throughput broadband connections. WiMAX is anticipated to provide fixed, nomadic, portable and eventually mobile wireless broadband connectivity without the need for direct line-of-sight with a base station.





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