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Ed Sutherland says no in this Mobile Pipeline article: While mobile WiMax (802.16e) has been hyped as a replacement to Wi-Fi by some parties, it’s not coming to the table until somewhere in the 2007 to 2009 timeframe in any major deployments despite companies like Intel wanting it sooner. There are other technologies in the marketplace already competing with what 802.16e will bring, too, and they might win out.
Ultimately, mobile WiMax, Sutherland suggests, will be complementary to Wi-Fi if and when it appears. It may be just another tickmark on a list of supported features in a laptop and a competitive offering to municipal-scale Wi-Fi networks.
Posted by Glennf at December 21, 2005 10:21 AM