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Intel predicts bright Middle East future for WiMAX

Intel has predicted that WiMAX will achieve unprecedented growth in 2007 due to advances in wireless broadband technologies as well as the emergence of innovative applications and business models.

Intel has predicted that WiMAX will achieve unprecedented growth in 2007 due to advances in wireless broadband technologies as well as the emergence of innovative applications and business models.

Speaking on the IT giant’s vision for key trends in 2007, Abdul Rahman Jarrar, Intel’s regional manager, government affairs, Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), said: “Wireless broadband access technology will gain exceptional growth due to advancement in wireless data technology, falling price points and success of initial 3G roll out and WiFi/WiMAX spread.”

“The global trend looks very positive. This positive surge is likely to be accompanied by dramatic changes in the industry value chain, with emerging wireless network technologies like WiMAX, WiFi and Mobile Broadband Wireless Access (MBWA),” he added.

With the wireless community increasingly shifting its focus from voice to data services, the wireless data communications market is expanding substantially, according to Intel.

“These new trends are changing the industry landscape and creating many new and exciting investment opportunities in existing as well as unexplored market segments. Given the complexity of the challenges and exceptional opportunity, all the stake holders need a clear assessment of the wireless broadband access technology, and industry’s future,” Jarrar concluded.

As the popularity of broadband wireless access grows, Intel believes it will continue to play its part in speeding up efforts to create standards, technologies and conditions that allow wireless network users to access multiple networks seamlessly at an affordable price.

The company also plans to play a pivotal role in accelerating access in META in 2007. This will be done through the Intel World Ahead Programme, an initiative in which Intel is investing more than US$1 billion globally by the end of the decade to enhance education and accelerate access to computers and the internet in developing communities.

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