MANHASSET, N.Y. Sprint Corp. has jumped into the WiMAX arena, announcing Thursday (May 5) it has signed an agreement with Intel Corp. to advance the development of IEEE 802.16e WiMAX mobile technology, which can provide high-capacity wireless broadband coverage and services throughout metro areas.
The companies will collaborate on technical specifications, perform equipment trials and conduct interoperability testing to examine possible next-generation wide-area wireless broadband devices and services.
"Our relationship with Intel will help validate requirements, drive key ecosystem development needs, formulate network strategies and define the potential for advanced wireless services adoption," said Oliver Valente, chief technology officer and vice president of technology development for Sprint, in a statement.
Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) has made a big push into WiMAX, having introduced in April a single-chip modem and applications processor dubbed the Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface. AT&T, Qwest, Brasil Telecom and TowerStream are using the new Intel chip in applications.