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Jun 9 2008   2:07PM GMT

WiMAX consortium getting serious



Posted by: Tom Nolle
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Alcatel-Lucent
Cisco
WiMAX

WiMAX companies are proposing a patent pool to create a stable and reasonable royalty picture for the technology, hopefully stemming any loss of interest due to perceived risk in patent payments to third parties. Intel, Cisco, Sprint, Clearwire and Alcatel-Lucent are all involved. WiMAX, a new service framework likely dependent on wide acceptance by portable device vendors, poses greater risk than something like 3G, whose market is already established. The move is seen as a way to encourage participation by equipment vendors. This shows that the Clearwire WiMAX consortium formed here earlier is likely serious about trying to make WiMAX work.

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