Intel wows crowds with WiMax

Intel stunned show delegates yesterday with the amazing capabilities of WiMax as it carried out the first regional demonstration of the solution.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  September 27, 2005

Intel stunned show delegates yesterday with the amazing capabilities of WiMax as it carried out the first regional demonstration of the solution. The chip giant connected the Cisco, Redline and Intel show booths in conjunction with DIC. The showcase gave users a glimpse of what life will be like when WiMax is adopted, and highlighted just how fast wireless broadband access will be when base stations are installed. “With broadband penetration so low in the Middle East, WiMax is the technology that can bring high speed broadband to the market,” says Aysegül Ildeniz, Intel’s regional director. Ildeniz predicts that WiMax will first be adopted by users in the energy and education sectors. However, she also believes it will find a home in the region’s metropolitan areas. “There is a demand for wireless broadband. People are buying Centrino-based products and they want access and they want the content,” she says. The first generation of WiMax products are currently undergoing testing, and Ildeniz says Intel’s OEMs have already placed orders. However, she says local telcos should take the lead in installing WiMax base stations. Fortunately, it appears a number of telcos are ready to step up to this challenge, with STC and Etisalat showing an interest. Ali Ghanim Hadi, a senior sales exec with Etisalat, says the operator is interested in “anything that makes internet access faster,” while STC is already investigating the technology.

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