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Quite a few stories recently have detailed the many vendors that are already seriously focusing on mobile WiMax, even before the fixed versions are certified: This focus on the future is creating some problems now because some operators are wondering if they should deploy the fixed version when they’ll want to replace it in a couple years with the portable gear. That’s an even larger problem than it may sound because fixed and portable networks will be architected differently, with the portable networks requiring more base stations.
But at the same time the industry is struggling to define exactly where a portable version of WiMax fits among other existing technologies. That’s enough of a problem that the WiMax Forum has actually created a Positioning Task Force whose mission it is to define how the mobile version should be positioned in the market. I suspect that a new phrase is being coined by that group: “personal broadband.” That’s the term the chairman of the task group is using to define WiMax.
Posted by nancyg at May 10, 2005 3:15 PM
Categories: Mobile WiMax
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