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Wi-Max technology has received a fillip in its bid to become the preferred system for the next generation of high-speed wireless broadband internet access.

Last week, the UN telecommunications agency added the technology to its global standard for mobile devices.

The decision is expected to prompt new investment in the technology and encourage its adherents to develop the technology further.

Ron Resnick, the Wi-Max Forum's president, told zdnet.com: "With Wi-Max technology now included, it places us on equal footing with the legacy-based technologies ITU-R [ITU Radiocommunication Sector, the spectrum management sector of the ITU] already endorses.

"The bottom line is that operators across the globe now have the freedom to select the right technology to best meet their business and regional needs."

Adoption of Wi-Max technology had been opposed by China which wanted its own wireless broadband standard to be adopted worldwide.

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