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Motorola, Intel team on mobile WiMAX technology

Posted: 31 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Motorola Inc. and Intel Corp. have announced a collaboration to foster greater industry momentum for WiMAX and to advance the use of mobile WiMAX technology, based on the proposed IEEE 802.16e standard, for both fixed and wireless broadband applications.

Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Motorola (Schaumburg, Ill.) plan to collaborate on specification efforts within the WiMAX Forum, of which both companies are members, to ensure that network and device interoperability issues are addressed adequately.

In addition to working jointly to advance WiMAX standards, the companies plan to work together on interoperability testing of Motorola mobile devices, network equipment, and customer premises equipment with Intel products.

The joint announcement by two industry giants symbolizes the industry upheaval the deployment of WiMAX technology is creating in the industry this year, after several years of hype.

"We're trying to accelerate defining the WiMAX profiles," said Paul Sergeant, director of marketing for Motorola Wi4," in an interview with EE Times Thursday. "We want to accelerate WiMAX certification testing, as well as the development of silicon."

"WiMAX is beginning to deliver on its promise to provide broadband wireless access to businesses and consumers, and the promise of full mobility is around the corner with the anticipated ratification of the 802.16e standard," said Scott Richardson, general manager of Intel's Broadband Wireless Division, in a statement. "By working with Motorola on mobile WiMAX standards and technology, we can jointly develop and test equipment to meet the requirements necessary for truly mobile broadband."

Motorola has been stepping up its WiMAX efforts to penetrate the market for 4G mobile wireless communications. Intel announced WiMAX collaborations with Nokia Corp. in June and Nortel Networks Corp. in September.

The road for WiMAX still faces obstacles, however. The availability of global spectrum is in some cases spotty, and some industry observers, such as Qualcomm co-founder Andrew Viterbi, remain skeptical of the market need for wireless broadband.

Sergeant said that WiMAX Forum members were seeking to resolve allocation issues related to global spectrum, as well as develop business models to enable companies using WiMAX technology to be profitable.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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