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Unstrung has run an article looking at the shortcomings of the WiMax standard: The piece notes that the standard doesn’t support a specific method for delivering voice over IP, for example. Vendors will have to implement that support in their own manner.
Some of the shortcomings mentioned in this piece might be a problem if operators were actually expecting to mix and match customer premise equipment and base stations from different vendors. The feedback I’ve been getting is that for the first version of WiMax, which will be fixed, operators are expecting to have to use CPEs from their base station vendor. This really isn’t an issue for a fixed service. Operators can still buy from various vendors, they’ll just have to be sure that customers get a CPE from the vendor that supplies the base station they’ll communicate with. But interoperability that supports all promised services becomes important with a portable or mobile version because customers will have to receive a seamless service no matter which base station they attach to.
Posted by nancyg at February 11, 2005 12:11 PM
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