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A new wireless networking technology called WiMax is emerging and has the potential to provide a viable alternative for broadband access to service providers. WiMax, also known as 802.16, is a wireless networking standard that extends the range and bandwidth of the now established Wi-Fi standards which include 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g.

The new wireless technology could provide network access to data, voice and video at speeds of up to 70Mbps at a range of 30 miles to thousands of users from a single base station. The WiMax standard is complementary to Wi-Fi since it can connect the 802.11 hotspots to the Internet and provide a wireless alternative for First Mile broadband connectivity to businesses and residences. This new standard will appeal to the next wave of end users, especially in emerging markets like China, India and Latin America, where the cost of other broadband technologies may not be economical.

Centillium Solutions
Centillium will participate in the wireless segment by first integrating Wi-Fi capabilities in our DSL and FTTP CPE solutions. As we did with our DSL and FTTP solutions, Centillium will consider offering WiMax CPE and Basestation solutions once the standards are better defined and there is more visibility to the service provider deployment plans for WiMax.

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