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Techdirt points to some stretching of reality done by Intel’s Sean Maloney at the recent Intel’s Developers Forum: Oddly, Maloney seems to have been advocating the use of a single antenna to cover an entire city. The last time operators tried to roll out network sin the MMDS spectrum it became clear that even in the flattest of environments, customers would eat up the available bandwidth from a single base station pretty quickly. He is also quoted as saying that coverage is far more important than bandwidth. If that were true, we’d have no need for WiMax because we’d just use GPRS.
Maloney is also cited as saying that cell phones include Wi-Fi by default these days. While several phone manufacturers have announced plans to start selling cell phones that include Wi-Fi, they all haven’t and they haven’t said that they intend to include Wi-Fi as a rule.
As much as Intel tries to deflect the blame for WiMax hype growing out of control, when its spokespeople make these kinds of comments it is only fanning the fire, especially when these kinds of comments are picked up by the mainstream press that may not have enough background on the subject to separate fact from fiction.
Posted by nancyg at March 10, 2005 4:47 PM
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