Nokia to offer WiMAX phones in 2008

Nokia expects to start selling mobile phones using the new WiMAX technology in 2008, a Reuters report said.


The Reuters report said a new mobile version of WiMAX will be available this year, which is expected to be a breakthrough for the technology.


Intel, Nokia, Samsung and Motorola all support the open-standard WiMAX as an alternative wireless broadband Internet connection alongside third generation mobile telephony networks, on which Internet access can get squeezed if networks fill up with voice callers, the report said.


'WiMAX-capable Nokia mobile devices are expected to be available in 2008,' Nokia said in a statement.


Nokia said its WiMAX base stations will be commercially available for broadband operators in the 2.5 gigahertz band at the end of 2007 and for 3.5 gigahertz in the first quarter of 2008, the Reuters report further said.