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February 15, 2005

It's Not Just About the Behemoths

By Nancy Gohring

Steve Stroh notes that there are a number of smaller broadband wireless operators that have joined the WiMax Forum recently: While the big operators have loudly trumpeted their membership in the forum, the smaller players haven’t made such noise about their membership. Yet, as Stroh notes, these relatively smaller operators are quite important members of the forum seeing as some of them have been offering broadband wireless services for many years. I find NextWeb’s membership especially important. NextWeb claims to be the largest broadband wireless operator in California and seems to be successful at offering services in large markets like San Francisco where the company competes against all the major wireline broadband service providers. NextWeb has managed to attract venture capital funding and is at least trying to be seen as a leader in the market by working together with other broadband wireless operators on spectrum sharing issues.

When I’ve talked to folks like NextWeb, they seem excited yet cautious about WiMax. They are very interested in the cost savings they might realize by the availability of a standards-based solution. But they’re also wary because they say that WiMax was made to conform to the lowest common denominator, as standards-based solutions usually do, so it will likely have some shortcomings compared to some of the proprietary solutions on the market now.

Posted by nancyg at February 15, 2005 12:02 PM

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