P1 set for WiMAX notebook launch

  • TECH
  • Thursday, 24 Jun 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (P1) has teamed up with Intel Malaysia to ensure that its mobile Internet service will work seamlessly with the upcoming notebooks with Intel’s WiMAX chips.

The notebooks will use the Centrino Advance-N + WiMAX 6250 module, first unveiled in January, that supports multiple WiMAX and WiFi multiple standards with speeds of up to 10Mbps (megabits per second).

Most major PC makers such as Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, MSI, Asus and Acer are expected to start shipping notebooks with WiMAX capability in the third quarter of this year.

WiMAX is the next-generation wireless technology designed to enable pervasive, high-speed mobile Internet access.

P1 has worked closely with Intel to conduct interoperability tests to iron out any issues before the notebooks are launched here, said Ryaz Patel, Intel Malaysia country manager.

The partnership is part of P1’s broader strategy called DNA (Devices, Network and Applications) which bundles its services with compatible devices, said Michael Lai, P1’s chief operating officer.

“No matter how fast a network is, devices are necessary to push customer usage, and applications can drive customers back to the network and device,” he said.

As the PC penetration in Malaysia is only about 26% to 27%, the company will strive hard to push its DNA strategy, he said.

Malaysia will be the fifth country in the world that Intel is partnering with a local company to roll out notebooks with its WiMAX chips.

Intel has formed similar partnerships with Clear in the United States, UQ Communications in Japan, Yota in Russia and Zeemax in Taiwan.

However, both companies declined to reveal more information on the tie-up. — ZAM KARIM

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