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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Mobile WiMAX service expected in RP toward yearend

Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) services are expected to hit the Philippines late 2008, an Intel executive told

WiMAX is a telecommunications technology that offers wireless data services over long distances. It is one of more recent technologies that hope to provide an alternative “last mile” wireless broadband service. The last mile is the proverbial point of access from the Internet backbone to the end-user.

Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific of Intel Semiconductor Ltd., said Intel has already seen commercial WiMAX services launched in the United States and Japan early this year.

Shenoy said that Intel is now working with operators to bring in “mobile WiMAX service in the country.

The Intel executive, however, declined to give further details.

According to the WiMAX Forum, an international organization recognized for certifying WiMAX products and publishing technical specifications, there are over 520 member companies who have joined the organization.

The WiMAX Forum website indicated that there are now 260 commercial WiMAX deployments around the world.

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