Comments on: Is WiMax the Betamax of mobile space? http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Keith http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/#comment-358735 Mon, 11 May 2009 13:10:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16666#comment-358735 WiMax is coming, no fear.This is another example of Verizon flexing muscles and making a big noise about something the they have not delivered on in any significant way.I agree with JP, Intel is who you should watch, not Verizon

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By: Diego Moriarty http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/#comment-358713 Sun, 10 May 2009 22:15:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16666#comment-358713 After so many words from higher ups, here two cents from a WiMAX user: I got it because two years ago DSL was still unavailable in my corner of Berlin (Germany), €20/month, 2Mb/s (a bit slow for the price in today’s market), it has always work like a dream, I don’t even think about it.

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By: David Teesdale http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/#comment-358710 Sun, 10 May 2009 18:42:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16666#comment-358710 Shame to allow this kind of negative marketing that only has at its core; shameless undermining of the better technology! ce la vie

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By: Nirvan http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/#comment-358708 Sun, 10 May 2009 17:02:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16666#comment-358708 Nokia is leading the charge against wimax. I can understand that AT&T & Verizon-therefore Vodaphone, has a vested interest with QCOM to kill wimax. These last mention companies have invested a lot in their current 3G technologies and their most economical debut to 4G is via LTE, which as mentioned above is, in technological timescales, light years away. Why should a customer in the three cities with Wimax deployments in the US, wait for 3 + years for LTE, when they have the wimax option now. I would not underestimate the backing of the WIMAX consortium. Thanks for my chance.

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By: JP http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/#comment-358707 Sun, 10 May 2009 16:02:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16666#comment-358707 First it is nonsense so say that WiMAX has stalled. It has not picked up in the US, but who cares? The US is three to five year behind Korea, Japan, and many European countries in regards to wireless technology.Second, WiMAX is very close to LTE. The techonlogies will probably merge. The important thing is the spectrum.Third LTE is two to three years away from being available to the public. That is light-years in technology.Fourth, do not underestimate Intel with the ability to add WiMAX to its WiFi chips — They already have it and for 2.3, 2.5 and 3.5.Bottom line, the battle is far from over and it may converge. The lesson for everybody is that you need to set the standard first (That is what the WiMAX forum did) and then growth comes naturally. There are several hundred deployments in place with some of them already working. LTE has none!

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By: Salam http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/#comment-358704 Sun, 10 May 2009 11:44:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16666#comment-358704 This looks like a very US centric view. In the 80s, US may have been an overpowering market. However, things are different now. US may still be a significant market but more than likely Asia alone is capable of carrying a technology/standard. WiMax has a clear head start and as a consumer in India, I can see that WiMax has well and truly taken off.As for LET, it looks like a lot of hot air for now.

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By: Scenna Tabesh http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/#comment-358701 Sun, 10 May 2009 03:45:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16666#comment-358701 I’m Scenna Tabesh, Director of the WiMAX Forum and want to share our perspective on this topic.With nearly 480 deployments tracked by WiMAX Forum in 139 countries today, many would disagree that WiMAX hasn’t taken off. This time last year there were 260 commercial WiMAX deployments in more than 110 countries across the world. Our research shows that WiMAX service providers currently cover at least 430 million people globally and each month we see these numbers increase. I believe that this demonstrates the momentum of the technology.As for devices, in June 2008 there were over 480 WiMAX devices in production or development by over 80 vendors. As of this month, there are more than 100 WiMAX Forum Certified products available…which continue to drive interoperability, economies of scale, and global roaming.Recent studies pinpoint global broadband household penetration at 23.3% or roughly 400 million people. There are more people than not out there without broadband access and there is a clear demand for access to affordable broadband services in every geo. WiMAX has the power to connect the unconnected now, and WiMAX is here now.For more information on WiMAX deployments, visit www.wimaxmaps.org or http://www.wimaxforum.org/resources/rese arch-dashboard.Thanks for the opportunity to share a different point of view. If anyone wants to continue this conversation, I’m at twitter.com/ilovewimax.

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By: nirvan http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/#comment-358679 Sat, 09 May 2009 01:26:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16666#comment-358679 ‘facts’, thanks. Where on this planet is LTE deployed ? It has potential adapters in Europe. But all this is assuming that ‘LT evolves’. The first trials are at the end of this year. Wimax trials have been going on since 2005 and prewimax was deployed in Korea as wibro and in Oregon for about 2 years. CLWR has changed to WIMAX since. Japan, Taiwan, Korea and some 140 wimax deployments around the globe must be accepted as a vote of confidence by the carriers and their potential customers. There has to be a promise of profit. For the rural parts of the world, including the US, no cellular company will spend the time or money to provide coverage by way of cable.I as a customer would rather have Wimax in my house/work then wait for another three years, in the hope that LT has evolved. This is hype for the future. Time to market is crucial and Wimax is here. It will get a huge boost when its backers, and they are heavy weights, weigh in. Let the carrier/customer decide.At worst for LTE, it can co-exist. It does not have to be one or the other. But my understanding of WIMAX the technology, its customers, the leading chip inventor, Beceem Communications Inc ( a brain child of a leading Stanford Univ professor- Arogyaswami J. Paulraj), sophisticated Investors and Partners,and so much more, leads me to believe that Wimax is here to stay, and ‘Long Time Hype/Execution’ will play at best second fiddle to wimax, IF it survives. To me LTE is akin to a shark like Made-off promising 12% annual returns. Too bad if you believe too much in hype. Have a nice w/e.

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By: Randy http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/#comment-358675 Sat, 09 May 2009 00:07:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16666#comment-358675 The reason BetaMax lost out to VHS is because Sony, the creator of BetaMax wanted a premium for BetaMax machines. In otherwords, cheaper wins. If WiFi loses, it will be because ClearWire which I believe is the main user of WiMax wasn’t competative. No mystery here, just economics – for essencially the same product, the cheaper source will dominate the market.

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By: Ashish Sharma http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/07/is-wimax-the-betamax-of-mobile-space/#comment-358672 Fri, 08 May 2009 21:49:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16666#comment-358672 Ashish Sharma, VP Corporate Communications, Alvarion. Here are my comments to this post:Amid speculation of the demise of WiMAX, I am compelled to point out that the train has left the station with WiMAX – the 4G solution that exists today and is in the hands of consumers. There will be room for both technologies, and given the significant demand for broadband today around the world, to be compelled to view it as a “standards war” is denying the realities of today.Currently, there are more than 250 of Alvarion’s operator customers who have deployed WiMAX networks in 100+ countries and are delivering much-needed broadband services (voice and broadband data) to consumers and businesses. Scores of other WiMAX installations by other equipment vendors with large fixed line and mobile operators around the globe multiply this Alvarion installation and subscriber number threefold (and this number is growing daily).LTE was just approved as a standard, and is far from seeing commercial daylight. As experience has shown, it takes many years for a mobile technology to move from standardization to full commercial products. WiMAX standard of IEEE 802.16e-2005 was ratified in December 2005, and since this time, multiple profiles were defined by the WiMAX Forum. Today, hundreds of end devices are commercially available – handsets, CPEs, USB modems and embedded laptops. This is in large part because of the accelerated path by 500+ companies in the ecosystem (a fourth of which are operators with actual spectrum and actual networks being deployed).It is worth a reminder that the majority of the mobile operators that are supporting LTE have now publicly communicated plans to push off deployments until 2011 and beyond. Aside from current economy and the expected delay in LTE chipsets (by one of the world’s largest chip manufacturers), the fact we see most of these mobile operators that have committed to LTE are re-focusing their efforts over the next two years on the very assets they have yet to fully merchandize – 3G/HSPA network rollouts and getting a return on their investment.An interesting follow-on posted comments by “Facts” (an ironic name) mentioned that auctions being talked about already “went to LTE.” But a more accurate way to recall history and the current reality is that the majority of countries have yet to allocate targeted spectrum with the necessary bandwidth for LTE to work effectively – again, more time will tell. Conversely, WiMAX operators that already own broadband spectrum are deploying networks, delivering service to consumers with actual products in licensed 2.3 GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz frequencies.I have to admit the much publicized sound bite offered by our Finnish friends (now replicated by others) is certainly stirring up discussion. But in this particular case, given the undeniable proof of WiMAX momentum, this far-reaching analogy does not apply. Regardless of the agendas of few of the established mobile players, there is a large group of committed 500+ companies comprising the WiMAX ecosystem (a fourth of which are operators) that believe there is a place for the technology with the mass global market.Regardless of provocative statements or projections, let’s allow time to reveal the impact of WiMAX. Right now, the focus of the WiMAX ecosystem is not on the mere delivery of proof that it is real and commercial. Rather, our focus is squarely on meeting the operators and ultimately, the unmet needs of actual consumers and business users.

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