Thursday, October 8, 2009

Clearwire needs to shake things up to save WiMax | VentureBeat

Clearwire needs to shake things up to save WiMax VentureBeat: "To be fair to Sprint/Clearwire — the only major wireless carrier in North America (or Europe) relying on WiMax — they’ve only just started rolling out mobile commercial service in earnest this year. A year from now, we will have a much better view on whether it will get traction with customers. However, based on how they are setting prices, it doesn’t appear different enough to get people to make the switch. Most if not all other carriers (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Orange, etc.) are firmly on their way from HSDPA to LTE. In addition, the equipment vendors are increasingly putting their investment dollars into developing product for LTE and backing away from WiMax. So what’s the main difference between the two? After years of development on both sides, it’s now more about positioning than technology. LTE is the next version of what most cellular operators have already deployed, and therefore it is marketed to them as backwards-compatible and the safe option to go with."

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