Several industry heavyweights issued a joint press release to announce the creation of the WiMAX 2 Collaboration Initiative (WCI) to accelerate WiMAX 2 development. Companies on board with the initiative include Alvarion, Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Dequans, XRONet, and ZTE. The group will collaborate with the WiMAX Forum, an industry organization that promotes and certifies WiMAX products.
WiMAX, otherwise known as 4G, is a wireless technology that promises peak data rates of more than 300Mbps, lower latency, and increased VoIP capacity. Sprint and Clearwire are two of WiMAX's biggest proponents in the U.S.
The new WiMAX 2 specification is based on the IEEE 802.16m standard, which builds upon 802.16e by adding new capabilities without sacrificing backwards compatibility. This is expected to be completed by the second half of the year, the companies said.