Spanish WiMAX goes live; ARM to replace Intel as WIMAX activist

The Spanish telecoms provider Iberbanda has announced the country's first deployment of a WiMAX 802.16e network with the aim of providing broadband services along Spain's Northwest coast.

The deal follows an existing agreement signed in December 2009 between ZTE and Iberbanda to supply 500 WiMAX base stations over a two-year period to provide high-speed broadband services to the rural parts of Spain. The first two regions where coverage will be provided are Galicia and neighbouring Asturias.

Separately, the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has indicated its annoyance following Intel's decision to close its WiMAX Program Office in Taiwan and said it was now considering working with the chip makers leading rival, ARM.

The MOEA said that it planned to cooperate with UK-based ARM to help Taiwan's chip designers to develop microprocessors based on ARM`s intellectual properties, having invested heavily in technology to support Intel's WiMAX silicon.

The ministry admitted it was closely monitoring whether Intel would now break its promise to invest US$500 million in WiMAX projects in the country and also establish systems integration deals with Taiwan's manufacturers.

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