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Cisco Joins WiMax Forum

Networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has confirmed speculation it is a new addition to the WiMax Forum, signaling its intent to compete in the nascent 802.16 wireless MAN market.

"IEEE 802.16 (WiMax) offers a very interesting value proposition to customers, particularly in the area of delivering wireless broadband to entire sections of metropolitan areas," notes a company statement.

"As a member of the WiMax Forum (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access), Cisco will continue to monitor the progress of IEEE 802.16 and explore its potential to complement Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies in the fixed, nomadic/portable and mobile markets."

Earlier this year analysts argued it was only a matter of time before Cisco jumped on board the WiMax bandwagon (see Cisco Late to WiMax Party).

We’ll have more comment to follow.

— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung

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