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Intel folds WiMAX sector into other business units

By Lisa Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Intel Corp, one of the world’s strongest supporters of WiMAX technology development, yesterday said it was integrating its WiMAX Program Office with the company’s other business units, but the US chip giant added that its commitment to the technology’s development was intact.

The chipmaker’s statement came as the decision to dissolve the WiMAX office, which was launched five years ago, raised concern among its Taiwanese partners, including the Ministry of Economic Affairs, that Intel could gradually reduce its role in WiMAX development as the ­Chinese-­language Economic Daily News reported yesterday.

“Intel is integrating its WiMAX Program Office into various platform, product and sales organizations as part of a normal course of business today,” Intel said in a statement released yesterday.

The progress of WiMAX has lead to this organizational ­transition as a normal process that takes place when new technologies mature and become a standard part of existing computing platforms, the chipmaker said.

“Intel continues to be one of the biggest supporters of WiMAX. WiMAX is our preferred 4G technology for delivering high-speed wireless broadband for data devices, and this organizational change in no way impacts our commitment to WiMAX,” Intel said in the statement.

Intel said it was excited for the growth of WiMAX this year and next year as millions of WiMAX devices will make their way into the hands of end users.

WiMAX is now a mature technology, with more than 500 WiMAX networks deployed in 147 countries, bringing broadband to more than 10 million people, it said.

Intel has also collaborated with industry ecosystem partners to deliver more than 200 PC OEM platforms with an embedded WiMAX system, the statement said.

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