The last mile

Intel Corporation has announced its intention to develop silicon product based on the IEEE 802.16a standard that will provide a broadband wireless access alternative to existing ‘last mile’ methods.

Intel Corporation has announced its intention to develop silicon product based on the IEEE 802.16a standard that will provide a broadband wireless access alternative to existing ‘last mile’ methods such as cable and digital subscriber lines (DSL).

Intel is working with Alvarion, a developer of last mile broadband wireless access equipment, to deliver low-cost WiMAX-Certified equipment based on Intel 802.16a silicon.

The IEEE 802.16a standard is a wireless metropolitan area network (WMAN) technology that connects wireless hotspots, which offer users wireless Internet access via the IEEE 802.11 or Wi-Fi standard, and other locations such as businesses and homes to the wired Internet backbone. It is expected that networks based on the 802.16a standard will have a range up to 30 miles and the ability to transfer data, voice and video at speeds of up to 70 Mbits/sec.

The IEEE 802.16a standard was approved in January of this year. Since then, over 25 leading communications equipment companies have joined the non-profit WiMAX Forum to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of 802.16a equipment.

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