Monday, January 22, 2007

WiMax finds its niche


If all goes well, WiMax might take 20 percent of the opportunity for fourth generation wireless broadband systems. That's the prediction Jake MacLeod made at a San Jose conference last week.

It was clear from the conference that momentum has slowed for WiMax over the past year. The technology still has great potential for bringing broadband to developing countries that have no infrastructure. And that's where the handful of small OEM pursuing WiMax are focused today.

But there's plenty of work yet to be done to get the more robust mobile WiMax technology finished, frequencies globally allocated, chip sets cost-reduced and products certified so system makers can take a slice of tomorrow's cellular markets in the developing world. In the meantime there's hope and a lot of hype behind WiMax. –rbm

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