Intel and ZTE are to jointly develop WiMAX-based broadband wireless systems that provide high-throughput broadband connections over long distances.
WiMAX can be used for a number of applications, including “last mile” broadband connections, hotspot and cellular backhaul, and high-speed enterprise connectivity for businesses.
An implementation of the IEEE 802.16 standard, WiMAX provides metropolitan area network connectivity at speeds of up to 75 Mb/sec. WiMAX systems can be used to transmit signal as far as 30 miles. However, on the average a WiMAX base-station installation will likely cover between three to five miles.
As part of the deal between the two, Intel and ZTE will develop and promote standards and specifications for 802.16-based networks. The companies will also work jointly with regulatory agencies in key global markets for securing adequate radio spectrum for broadband services based on theWiMAX technology.
ZTE will develop infrastructure and customer premises equipment using Intel’s Rosedale silicon for WiMAX solutions based on IEEE 802.16-2004 (previously known as IEEE 802.16REVd), and the upcoming IEEE 802.16e standards for mobile networks.
ZTE plans to begin initial deployments of networks based on 802.16-2004 later this year with carriers in China, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. ZTE plans to conduct field trials of 802.16e networks beginning in mid-2006.