Vodafone has announced it has joined the WiMax Forum - an industry symposium which debates issues surrounding new long-range wireless broadband technology and seeks to develop industry-wide standards.
The broadband provider's decision to join comes after it said last year that it took an "impartial approach" to new technology.
However, since then Vodafone has amended its stance and suggested that the drive to developing new technologies was proving too time-consuming, the Guardian has reported.
Steve Pusey, Global chief technology officer at Vodafone, said: "Our membership of the WiMax Forum will complement our existing memberships of other key industry bodies such as the GSMA, 3GPP and the Next Generation Mobile Network initiative."
WiMax is perceived by a number of industry experts as a viable alternative to the wireless technology long-term evolution technology which has found support among a number of major broadband providers.