Intel talks up WiMax2 research

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Intel talks up WiMax2 research

Company joins efforts to find successor to WiMax.

The current WiMax high-speed wireless platform is still in the early stages of deployment, but a consortium of technology companies is already working on its successor.

Vendors including Intel, Samsung, Motorola, Alverion, Sequans, Beceem, ZTE and GCT are working to develop a system to replace WiMax.

'WiMax 2' will be backwards compatible with traditional WiMax, and could achieve peak speeds of up to 300Mbit/s.

Intel suggested that the new standard could help in the eventual transition from WiMax as the platform begins to feel the strain of increased data traffic from smartphone and multimedia file transfers.

The current WiMax is still looking to make its mark in the face of strong competition from Long Term Evolution in the fight to replace the current 3G wireless broadband system.

It is being used in the Vividwireless and Adam Internet networks in Australia.

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