09 October 2009

Interesting article re: WiMAX

I found this item over at GigaOm extremely interesting. It appears that Clearwire has contractual commitments to what it recognizes is a less efficient technology than LTE (at least for mobile). Interesting.

I wonder what will happen in 2011! It is not out of the question for Clearwire to do a technology transformation; this has been done before when it has been strategically beneficial to do so.

1 comment:

Jorge said...

It's not as simple as it looks. Better, maybe. For nomadic use that is not so clear although some say LTE is certainly better for mobile.
But the thing is, LTE is not available yet. It is a near future promisse (althouth LTE stands for Long Term Evolution). Some said 2009, then 2010 or 2011...

WiMax, on the other hand is already up and running in many places (Atlanta, Las Vegas, New York - see links below).

WiMax or LTE? It is a bet, and since IMT-2000 interfaces are supposed to be somewhat compatible, maybe it would not be so difficult to switch between them, but I'm not sure about that.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10308059-94.html

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10353237-94.html

http://www.unstrung.com/document.asp?doc_id=182777

http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2009/01/wimax-goes-live-in-portland-chicago-delayed-into-2h-2009.ars