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Nancy Gohring reports from the Consumer Electronics Show that Sprint maintains all is well in WiMax deployment: The firm said to a “small audience” at CES that they are right where they said they would be from a timing perspective. The company’s CTO, Barry West, said that the firm chose mobile WiMax over CDMA due to CDMA’s higher computational cost—and thus equipment cost—when handling larger swaths of spectrum. He also reaffirmed the network’s openness: any WiMax device a consumer buys will be allowed to run on the network.
A senior VP at Motorola noted that Motorola is involved in 60 WiMax trials worldwide, and Intel’s WiMax lead also said that “WiMax is bigger than Sprint.” True, but Sprint and Clearwire have the most scale committed anywhere in the world, and most of the rest of the world is involved in trials, not committed deployments. If they can’t build it here, they may not be able to build it anywhere, and the fortunes of several companies tumble alongside.
Fundamentals of WiMax: Understanding Broadband Wireless Networking released: This 500 page book covers the broad range of detail necessary to understand WiMax networking. The book covers all the bases, looking in terms at IEEE standards, channeling, OFDM, MIMO, and OFDMA, as well as a variety of networking architecture and planning issues. I haven’t seen the book, but it looks like a comprehensive guide to those planning to work with WiMax in any technical capacity. (Find the best price for the book here; it lists for $70 and Amazon has it at $44.)