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They said it, so I don’t have to: The very funny, very snarky folks at TechDirt expose the latest in marketing hype, decrying Beceem Communications for labeling a product as mobile WiMaX. Derek Keaton points out that the standard isn’t settled, with important issues up in the air, thus there’s no way to declare something as supporting mobile WiMax. While 802.16e is finished, there’s so much more to a standard than complying to a published industry specification, as numerous plugfests, certification labs, and firmware updates should testify to.
Beceem told Ephraim Schwartz at InfoWorld, “We guarantee it will be fully profile-compliant.” Schwartz also notes that a mobile WiMax radio is all well and good, but you need a network (and base stations) before you can do anything with it.
Posted by Glennf at January 23, 2006 3:05 PM