Alcatel and Intel today announced a strategic alliance for the definition, the standardization, the development, the integration and the marketing of WiMAX end to end solutions. This alliance will deliver solutions by second half 2005. WiMAX can be deployed in emerging markets and developed countries, both in urban and rural areas. It offers either broadband access where DSL cannot reach customers for technical or economical reasons, a last-mile alternative for competitive operators with a combined voice and broadband access offer, or nomadic access complementary to GSM / EDGE, Wi-Fi and 3G.
“Alcatel’s vision is to put the users at the center,” stated Marc Rouanne, chief operating officer of Alcatel’s mobile activities. “Our cooperation with Intel will help us provide users with a seamless broadband access experience, whether in the office, at home, on the pause or on the move..”
“Carriers will need strong vendors like Alcatel to ensure the reliability and scalability of carrier-class WiMAX deployments,” said Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of Intel Communications Group. “Alcatel’s leading position in fixed and mobile broadband access together with Intel’s expertise in leading the development and standardization of new technologies will help expedite the acceptance of WiMAX in the worldwide market for broadband services.”