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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

October 11, 2006 at 7:07 AM

WiMax World: First mobile WiMax trial

BOSTON — Intel’s Sean Maloney made another first while on stage this morning at WiMax World.

Through a live camera feed to Oregon, where it was 7 a.m. and the sun was just rising, he showed footage of a Motorola base station being installed.

That now becomes the site of the first mobile WiMax trial being conducted in North America through a partnership with Intel, Motorola and Kirkland-based Clearwire.

That makes sense, given that Intel and Motorola are both investors in Clearwire, which is led by Craig McCaw. Intel invested in Clearwire years ago, and most recently the two invested $1 billion in July.

“Its been a big year for WiMax,” said Maloney. “Its good to look back on the progress that’s been made, and see the clear establishment of WiMax in most countries now.”

Still, he stressed the challenges that lie ahead, including getting the cost down of equipment, and solving roaming problems between the various networks to make it an easy service for consumers to use.

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