Intel to embrace LTE

WiMAX evangelist Intel has indicated it will embrace LTE when the technology becomes a widely available standard.

"There is no debate between WiMAX and LTE adoption. It is the decision that has to be taken by service providers and business, decisions are not taken on the basis of technology. We will take up LTE when it becomes a standard," Intel South Asia Managing Director R Sivakumar said.

It's still unclear what technology India's newly licensed wireless broadband players will choose. Reliance Industries, India's industrial conglomerate that snatched up startup ISP Infotel Broadband Services after it won the lone nationwide BWA license for $2.74 billion, initially indicated it would deploy TD-LTE in the 2.3 GHz but recent reports indicate it may deploy WiMAX in the interim.

But it is clear that the world's major service providers have chosen LTE. The Global mobile Suppliers Association said that 101 firm LTE network deployments are planned or in progress in 41 countries.

For more:
- see this PTI article

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