PARIS Ė Alcatel-Lucent announced it has extended its collaboration with Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.). This comes a few days after the signature of an agreement with California-based Kyocera Wireless Corp. on the development of end-to-end WiMAX mobile broadband solutions.
Alcatel-Lucent said it has expanded its interoperability testing efforts with Intel. Their common objective is indeed to guarantee the compatibility of Alcatel-Lucent WiMAX infrastructure with Open Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and consumer electronics devices that integrate Intel's fixed/mobile WiMAX silicon, the Intel WiMAX Connection 2250 as well as its WiMAX MIMO-capable chipset for mobile devices.
In 2004, Alcatel-Lucent and Intel signed a R&D collaboration and co-marketing agreement so as to promote the WiMAX ecosystem. The two partners claimed they have completed interoperability testing for fixed applications and are now engaged in testing chipsets and infrastructure supporting nomadic and fully mobile services.
Both parties said they expect that devices based upon Intelís WiMAX chipsets will be available for fixed and nomadic services by the end of 2007, and for mobile services in 2008.