Intel and Nokia have teamed up to back the development of mobile WiMax technology and promote standardisation.

WiMax, part of the IEEE's (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.16 standard, is a wide-area wireless networking technology set to deliver wireless broadband access over a range significantly greater than that of IEEE 802.11 WLAN technology.

Cooperation between Nokia and Intel will focus on IEEE 802.16e, a mobile version of the technology that will offer broadband Internet access to users on the move. This standard is currently under development. Intel and Nokia expect the standard to be finalised next year.

A fixed-wireless version of WiMax, called 802.16a, was finalised in January 2003.

Under terms of the agreement announced Friday, Nokia and Intel will work together on issues related to the development of mobile WiMax clients and network infrastructure, and promote the technology among operators and service providers. The companies plan to jointly demonstrate mobile WiMax technology to service providers as a data service that complements existing 3G networks.

Both Nokia and Intel are members of the WiMax Forum, an industry group created to promote the adoption of the technology and to certify the interoperability of WiMax-based devices.