A standard-setting organization has put on hold its review of an advanced wireless technology favored by Qualcomm Inc. due to a squabble involving Intel Corp., The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
The move by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers might delay adoption of a technology that could compete with WiMAX, which Intel has been promoting to provide long-range broadband access for laptop computers and other devices, the Journal said.
The institute's standards board last week disclosed that it had suspended activities of the so-called 802.20 working group, which reviews technologies that could provide faster high-speed Internet access than most cellphones, the newspaper said.
In January, the group narrowed its consideration to a joint technology proposal from Qualcomm and Japan's Kyocera Corp., the Journal said.
Intel and some other WiMAX backers, including South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co., have been trying since November to get the committee to consider alternative proposals. They have been repeatedly voted down, minutes of the group's meetings show, it said.