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Qualcomm again is on the defensive about Wi-Fi and WiMax: Chief Irwin Jacobs took a jab at WiMax for not actually being available yet. Perhaps he’s forgotten the days when CDMA was being developed, before it was launched. He noted also that operators will continue to use CDMA for quite some time, probably supporting both CDMA and other technologies. This is true, but the writing is on the wall—OFDM-based technologies are the future. Qualcomm clearly agrees, judging from its MediaFlo network which is based on OFDM. Some experts think that Qualcomm’s MediaFlo venture is rooted in the company’s efforts to try to corner a piece of the next generation of network, given CDMA’s waning future.
I also find Jacobs’ comments about Wi-Fi quite amusing. He says that hotspots won’t be necessary once customers can use the higher speed cellular networks. People can use them today but they don’t because even though hotspot subscriptions are expensive, the cellular subscriptions are outrageous.
Posted by nancyg at May 27, 2005 1:36 PM
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