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The long-delayed first wave of WiMax certification should be announced in mid-January: Delays have been substantial and a large segment of the WiMax industry didn’t participate in this first wave of “air interface” trials, stating on the whole that they wouldn’t provide the kind of interoperability testing required by major telecommunications operators. Later waves will offer such tools, but companies like Alvarion are continuing to push their equipment into the field under the assumption it can be tweaked as needed or that vendors will simply deploy the current generation without worrying about later interoperability.
These delays are part of why many question the notion that 802.16e will be certified as a mobile flavor of WiMax and rollout into deployments by 2007. It seems much more like that 2008 or 2009 will see those rollouts unless the kinds of roadblocks that have pushed fixed WiMax back don’t exist or are eliminated before then.
This is not to criticize testing: In fact, it’s the hype that’s been the problem. It’s better to move slowly and produce equipment that works the way it’s supposed to. The industry is moving so fast, that interoperability has to take a back seat to sales.
Posted by Glennf at December 22, 2005 4:53 PM