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Mobile Pipeline’s David Haskin argues that Intel made a mistake by not pushing mobile WiMax enough: I agree that it’s becoming increasingly clear that the fixed version of WiMax isn’t going to be revolutionary. While the benefits of standardizing a fixed broadband technology are valuable, vendors have been making fixed broadband wireless gear for ages.
The most ideal version of WiMax would be a portable version. That way customers could use it at home or work as well as anywhere they travel. Such access would presumably be less expensive (for operators and end users) than 3G, which could be used mainly for phone-based applications.
In the meantime, as the WiMax Forum struggles to get certification for the fixed version under way, other high-speed portable wireless technologies are moving ahead. While certainly not spreading like wildfire, the IPWireless and Flarions of the world are gaining footholds.
Posted by nancyg at January 26, 2005 1:31 PM
Categories: Mobile WiMax
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