Next Generation 4G WiMAX Wireless Technology On Its Way

At India Telecom 2008, Sriram Viswanathan, Intel vice president and general manager of the WiMAX Program Office, announced that Intel Corporation is working with Indian service providers and device manufacturers to help bring WiMAX-ready notebooks and netbooks to the India market segment mid-2009. Additional information on specific OEM systems and devices will be announced in the coming months.

Viswanathan also outlined an alliance focused on delivering affordable devices to Indians that take advantage of upcoming 4G WIMAX networks.

Established by Intel and the WiMAX Forum India, this group will gather key global WiMAX company participants in India to collaborate with WiMAX service providers, as well as local government and businesses to deliver innovative, affordable WiMAX-enabled devices targeted specifically to meet the needs of the India market segment.

In addition to battery-saving new processors for notebooks PCs, over the past six months, the company has introduced new chips for mobile Internet devices, simple netbooks, quad-core products and ultra slim and light laptops that all work best on a high-speed, wireless broadband network. As new networks are deployed, Intel and the WiMAX Forum India will work with the ecosystem to bring innovative and affordable devices to market, meeting the needs of the Indian people as well as the goals of governments and service providers.

The initial focus will be on 2.3 and 2.5 GHz devices. Companies will be joined by the Open Patent Alliance and other important ecosystem members to determine device needs, timelines, testing and interoperability plans and collaborate on cost reduction programs for fixed, portable and mobile devices. According to the WiMAX Forum, they project there will be more than 27.5 million broadband internet users in India by 2012.