Russian wireless broadband pioneer Yota says that it is dropping WiMax in favor of Long Term Evolution (LTE) for new deployments, in this week's summary of the big news for the proto-4G specification.
Yota said Friday that it plans to spend $100 million on the rollout of LTE networks in five Russian cities in 2010, instead of sticking with the WiMax technology that it had been working with. Reuters reports that the operator is planning to deploy LTE in 15 cities over time.
Meanwhile, WiMax backer Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) may not be putting all its eggs in one basket, according to a report in the Financial Times Deutschland. The German paper reports that the chipmaker is in talks with the wireless arm of Infineon Technologies AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: IFX), which would give it more access to LTE and other wireless technologies.
Verizon's rural plans for LTE will even take the service to areas where the carrier doesn't offer CDMA phone service today, the Wireless Federation blog says.