UQ Communications and Intel to Promote Fast and Widespread Deployment of WiMAX Services in Japan
UQ Communications and Intel to Promote Fast and Widespread Deployment of WiMAX Services in
UQ WiMAX Commercial Service Details Disclosed;
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WiMAX is the only solution available today that is meeting the demand for the Mobile Internet. With WiMAX, users can enjoy rich, interactive content outdoors and on the go with mobile broadband Internet access traditionally requiring a fixed broadband connection. Together, Intel and UQ are helping to enable wireless Internet connectivity with WiMAX, forming alliances with a number of companies in the industry and offering a range of new digital equipment and services designed to enhance the users' experiences.
As part of this new initiative, UQ Communications has unveiled a new fee structure that will make it easy for new users to subscribe (details given in a separate press release). Meanwhile, Intel will be offering the Intel WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5150, an embedded module supporting both wireless LAN and WiMAX, providing flexible Internet connectivity and high-speed communications with WiMAX. Toshiba, Panasonic and Onkyo have today unveiled notebook PCs which integrate the module and the Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 processor technology. The laptops, as well as other products, are due to come out in
Says Takashi Tanaka, President, UQ Communications: "We are glad to welcome this major milestone on the road to full mobile broadband access together with Intel, in just 18 months since UQ Communications obtained a Mobile WiMAX license in December 2007. A feature of Mobile WiMAX is that its infrastructure is open, both to people who want to use WiMAX, and to businesses that want to enter the WiMAX market. In collaboration with PC makers, MVNOs, and various other industries, we will enable true mobile broadband access, with UQ constructing a high-speed, advanced WiMAX network, while Intel enables WiMAX modules to be built into all kinds of devices."
Intel's global investment organization, Intel Capital, also announced today that it recently closed an equity investment of over US$43 million (JPY 4.15 billion) in UQ Communications that will be used to help the nationwide expansion of UQ WiMAX service areas in Japan.
"Intel looks forward to the UQ Communications WiMAX service launch next month in
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