Intel Funds WiMax Development to Replace WiFi

August 25, 2004

Speakeasy, a national independent broadband services provider, has received a strategic investment from the Intel Communications Fund, managed by Intel Capital. Speakeasy will use the capital to help expand network endeavors related to the new 802.16 wireless technology known as WiMax. Financial details were not disclosed. In early 2004, Speakeasy also raised $24 million in a Series D financing round from 3i and BV Capital, among others.

"WiMax" is an industry standard for wireless communications that has the potential to expand broadband wireless communications from the current WiFi range of 300 feet to up to 30 miles. Approximately 7 million people are forecasted to be using WiMax by 2007 (source: Parks & Associates), and the service will allow Speakeasy to deploy a cost-effective wireless solution to a broader geographic footprint and customer base. Speakeasy's plans include the deployment of broadband wireless networks in 2005 to support this new technology.

We are pleased to receive this investment from the Intel Communications Fund as it will contribute to Speakeasy's next phase of development. We believe that Intel's leadership in the technology sector makes it a natural fit with Speakeasy's progressive business model. We are excited to work with them on new wireless networking opportunities, which will allow small businesses and general consumers to improve their information sharing and connectivity resources," said Speakeasy CEO and President Bruce Chatterley.

"Intel believes with technologies like WiMax and service providers like Speakeasy, broadband deployment in the United States will begin to accelerate," said Scott Richardson, general manager of Intel's Broadband Wireless Division. "Speakeasy's experience in today's wired and wireless networks positions them to play a key role building out next generation networks."

Source: Speakeasy

Explore further: Intel Invests in Speakeasy WiMax Networks

Related Stories

Intel Invests in Speakeasy WiMax Networks

August 26, 2004

Speakeasy, a national independent broadband services provider, has received a strategic investment from the Intel Communications Fund, managed by Intel Capital. Speakeasy will use the capital to help expand network endeavors ...

Recommended for you

Interactive tool lifts veil on the cost of nuclear energy

August 24, 2015

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.