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A study published during the summer by TMNG suggests that operators, not just vendors, need to be working on WiMax: WiMax, like many emerging standards, has been largely driven by vendors, with operators slow to jump on board. More operators are now at least part of the WiMax Forum but there aren’t many major existing operators that have specifically vowed to build a network of any significant size.
One good reason that operators might want to get more involved in the WiMax development process is to reduce their reliance on local incumbents for backhaul and other service, as TMNG points out. That angle, more so than a desire to build a customer-serving network, seems like a strong reason for operators to take notice.
The study also points to markets outside the U.S. where broadband usage is spotty as ideal locations for WiMax networks.
Posted by nancyg at January 4, 2005 1:03 PM
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