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WiMax; where wires wont go

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Internet on a donkey. Internet in a tent. Lord, almost anywhere. Everybody’s on the wagon, ready to brave the frontier of ethereal messaging and downloading.

Namely, Intel Corp., Fujitsu, and Wi-Lan Ltd. Intel announced the release of the “Rosedale” PRO/Wireless 5116 on Monday. Fujitsu and Wi-Lan plan to announce on Thursday in Las Vegas. Details were not given aside from the chip is “real silicon.”

WiMax developers have been touting the potential of their latest darling, reporting a broadband speed of up to 70 Mbps and a range of up to 30 miles. These capabilities will expand the range of Internet service into places where it was previously unavailable.

Scott Richardson, GM of the broadband wireless division said that the next billion users of the Internet will connect wirelessly.

“There are places on the planet that may never actually see cable and DSL,” he said.

This means that even in the nether regions of the globe, a user can potentially download a much-needed map of the Outback, how to build a makeshift water purifier, or how to deliver a breeched lamb. Think how useful that could be on The Amazing Race!

WiMax; where wires wont go
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