Chip Shot: Japan Aims To Be 1st To Unwire Entire Country With WiMAX
Intel will accelerate the global WiMAX efforts with UQ Communications, a Japanese carrier, who launched their free WiMAX service today in Japan through July 2009. UQ is leveraging Mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e) and aims to be the first WiMAX deployment to cover an entire country. UQ WiMAX wireless broadband service is now available in the 23 Tokyo wards, Yokohama, and Kawasaki. Intel is currently working with laptop vendors around the world to help introduce embedded WiMAX Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology-based notebook PCs in conjunction with the commercial service launch in July. OEMs including Acer, Asus, Dell, EPSON, Fujitsu, Lenovo, NEC, Onkyo, Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba have already committed to delivering WiMAX-enabled notebooks in the country.