Email Delivery

Receive new posts as email.

Email address

Syndicate this site

RSS 0.91 | RSS 2.0
RDF | Atom
Podcast only feed (RSS 2.0 format)
Get an RSS reader
Get a Podcast receiver


About This Site
Contact Us
Privacy Policy


September 2007
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29

Stories by Category

Hardware :: Hardware CPEs Chips Smart Antennas
Industry News :: Industry News Trials Vendor News competitive landscape conferences financial deals mergers and acquisitions interoperability launches organizations
Industry Segments :: Industry Segments Voice cellular municipal operators rural applications
Mobile WiMax :: Mobile WiMax
Partnerships :: Partnerships
Regulatory :: Regulatory Auctions
Spectrum :: Spectrum 2.3 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.5 GHz 3.5 GHz 5 GHz ITFS Licensed spectrum
Standards :: Standards 802.16-2004 802.16-2005 (16e) 802.20 WiBro
WiMax Forum :: WiMax Forum Certification
applications :: applications
future technologies :: future technologies
hype :: hype
international :: international
launch plans :: launch plans
mainstream press :: mainstream press
mesh :: mesh
new technologies :: new technologies
personnel :: personnel
proprietary technologies :: proprietary technologies
research :: research
roaming :: roaming
security :: security
temporary networks :: temporary networks
unique :: unique


August 2007 | July 2007 | June 2007 | May 2007 | April 2007 | March 2007 | February 2007 | January 2007 | December 2006 | November 2006 | October 2006 | September 2006 | August 2006 | July 2006 | June 2006 | May 2006 | April 2006 | March 2006 | February 2006 | January 2006 | December 2005 | November 2005 | October 2005 | September 2005 | August 2005 | July 2005 | June 2005 | May 2005 | April 2005 | March 2005 | February 2005 | January 2005 | December 2004 | November 2004 |

Recent Entries

BusinessWeek Charts WiMax History, Future
Sprint Nextel Names Mobile WiMax Service Xohm
Sprint Nextel, Clearwire Strike WiMax, 3G Roaming Deal
Sprint Nextel, Clearwire May Strike WiMax Roaming Agreement
Analyst Sees Future with One Person, Many Devices, on WiMax Networks
Nortel Extends WiMax Ecosystem with Zyxel, Runcom, Sequans
Analyst Predicts 54m WiMax Subscribers by 2012; Devices Key
Journal Says Sprint May Rethink WiMax
WiMax Startup Claims Nine Cities Near Mobile WiMax Deployment
FCC Affirms 3.650-3.700 GHz Rules for Broadly Licensed Use

Site Philosophy

This site operates as an independent editorial operation. Advertising, sponsorships, and other non-editorial materials represent the opinions and messages of their respective origins, and not of the site operator or JiWire, Inc.


Entire site and all contents except otherwise noted © Copyright 2001-2006 by Glenn Fleishman. Some images ©2006 Jupiterimages Corporation. All rights reserved. Please contact us for reprint rights. Linking is, of course, free and encouraged.

Powered by
Movable Type

« WiMax Forum Releases Mobile WiMax Technical White Paper | Main | Airspan Announces Mobile WiMax USB Adapter »

March 7, 2006

Intel Says Embedded Wimax Laptop Cards This Year

By Glenn Fleishman

Reuters reports that Intel is claiming it will have WiMax cards for laptops in 2006: The story, as usual, confuses fixed and mobile WiMax, reporting that “Wi-Max is seen by many in the field as a successor to Wi-Fi,” which isn’t what many people in the industry really think. Fixed WiMax is a fixed wireline replacement. Mobile WiMax is a threat to 3G cellular. Neither really overlaps the primary use of Wi-Fi, which remains indoor uses in which dense deployments (many homes, many apartments, campus-wide business service) remain the norm.

The article also notes that “Wi-Max has a much longer range, varying from a couple of miles in an urban area to 10 miles or more in open country.” Sure: for specific fixed WiMax installations. Mobile WiMax won’t have that kind of range because physics won’t allow distance, performance, and nomadic or mobile uses without extremely high signal strengths.

What Intel is talking about is mobile WiMax which is quite far from actual deployment, thus it’s strange that the company is gung-ho about embedding mobile WiMax receivers in laptops. In the US, especially, even basic issues of which frequencies would be used are still up in the air. There’s no certified standard and it’s likely months off or longer. The similar WiBro technology in South Korea may have a handhold there, already, but that’s a far cry from deployments worldwide that would require pre-installed cards.

There’s a big missing piece in this story, and I’m eager to hear more.

Posted by Glennf at March 7, 2006 4:33 PM

Categories: Mobile WiMax, mainstream press


Everything has to start somewhere. Metcalfe's law states that the value of the network increases exponetionslly each time a new node is added to the network. For telco's and others to invest in WiMax and Mobile WiMax there has to be a market demand.

This way Intel are seeding the market so that there will be thousands of devices capable of mobile WiMax. HP has recently added builtin support for EVDO wireless broadband and this moves the mobile worker one step further away from the hotspot or office.

We all know in the future fast ubiquitous wireless broadband will be the norm. The questions are how and when.

Posted by: Sam Sethi [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 8, 2006 12:25 AM

Post a comment

Remember Me?