Intel has agreed to pay Wi-Fi specialist PCTel $14.5 million for complete access to the Chicago-based company's portfolio of patents. In turn, PCTel gains a right to Intel's patents relevant to PCTel's current business.
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Establishingis a crucial step toward greater acceptance of wireless computing, according to, among others, Anand Chandrasekher, vice president of Intel's mobile products group. Some carriers in Europe and Asia are already establishing roaming agreements for networks that do not overlap geographically.