Intel and Cisco are joining forces with a number of tech companies in a bid to patent WiMax technology.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Cisco and Intel are joining Samsung, Sprint Nextel, Alcatel-Lucent and Clearwire to form the Open Patent Alliance, which will hold the rights to WiMax-related patents and license them to makers of computers, networking devices and other products.

The scheme is designed to limit royalty rates and ensure that the cost of adopting the technology remains competitive - critics have been concerned that high prices may deter customers.

WiMax is a wireless broadband standard that is claimed to transmit data for up to 30 miles with bandwidth that exceeds current DSL and cable capabilities.

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