Intel said it has invested $15 million (RM50 million) in Malaysia's Packet One Networks to build the country's first mobile Wimax network.
Packet One, a subsidiary of Green Packet Berhad, targets commercial availability of its nationwide 802.16e network beginning this June.
The funding was announced by Intel Capital, the chipmaker's global investment firm.
Intel said it has funded more than 280 fixed and mobile Wimax trials and commercial deployments in 110 countries.
The Packet One project is touted as the first large-scale deployment of an 802.16e 2.3GHz Wimax network outside of Korea, and the first in Southeast Asia.
Intel has made similar partnerships with service providers including Sprint and Clearwire in the US, and the UQ in Japan.
The company is set to roll out later this year an integrated Wimax/WiFi module for notebooks based on its Intel Centrino 2 processor platform.