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Intel Brings WiMAX To Middle East

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Intel Corp.’s internal operations in Saudi Arabia has deployed WiMAX broadband technology to support its own communication needs in that nation.

The move is expected to help propel WiMAX in Saudi Arabia as well as the rest of the Middle East, according to the Mena Report, a Middle Eastern newsletter.

Intel’s Saudi Arabian unit in the capital of Riyadh is using WiMAX through Riyadh’s Integrated Telecom Co. (ITC). ITC, the second licensed data services provider in Saudi Arabia, started the deployment of its WiMAX network infrastructure early this year. The Saudi government recently began issuing fixed WiMAX (IEEE 802.16-2004) licenses on a 3.5-GHz frequency.

ITC has linked the Intel office with an Internet backbone via a local Internet service provider called Nesma Internet. This, in turn, delivers Internet broadband services to the company, according to Intel’s general manager for the region, Samir Al-Schamma.

“To have Intel’s Riyadh office using WiMAX is a reflection of Riyadh’s determination to become a genuine digital city,” he said in a statement.

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