Is WiMax the Betamax of mobile space?
Recall that WiMax and Long Term Evolution (LTE) are key technologies for operators to cope with surging data traffic from smartphones and laptops with mobile data cards. At the moment, it’s a heated fight to become the industry standard.
“It’s going to be like VHS-Betamax thing,” Stuart Curzon, vice president of Verizon Business unit, told a news conference in Helsinki, Finland. “WiMax has been around for a few years now. If it would’ve taken off, it would’ve done it by now.”
Verizon itself aims to be one of the first in the world to roll out LTE network starting next year.
Another industry executive, Nokia’s sales chief Anssi Vanjoki, also weighed in with a WiMax-Betamax comparison just last month.
“I don’t think the future is very promising [for WiMax]. This is a classic example of industry standards clashing, and somebody comes out as the winner and somebody has to lose. Betamax was there for a long time, but VHS dominated the market. I see exactly the same thing happening here,” Vanjoki was quoted as saying by the Financial Times.
Earlier this year, Nokia pulled from market its only product using WiMax, an Internet tablet, which was sold only in a couple of places in the United States.
Intel, the father of WiMax, strongly disagrees with Verizon and Nokia — how about you?