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ABI Research says there’s no reason for concern over the delay in the WiMax certification process: Philip Solis, an analyst, says that the delay is due mainly to the lack of chips and not because of a delay in working out the certification testing. Perhaps, but given that the WiMax Forum just announced today its choice of lab and that the lab will start certifying in July, it’s not clear that the forum would have been prepared to start testing any sooner than July even if chips were available sooner.
Solis notes that operators are buying “pre-standard” equipment anyway. If that’s an argument for no concern, than it would appear there’s no reason for a standard. The fact is, operators have been buying non-standard broadband wireless gear for ages. But that doesn’t mean that a standard won’t be useful.
I agree that the certification delay doesn’t sound a death knell for WiMax. But it does add risk for the potential of the WiMax industry, given that other wireless technologies are continuing to be deployed while potential WiMax operators wait for certified gear. At the same time, vendors have to struggle with doing their best to continue selling gear to operators that want WiMax certified equipment before they can get their gear certified.
Posted by nancyg at January 24, 2005 3:35 PM
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