Optical/IP Networks

2005: The Year in Quotes

From all the hype, bombast, obfuscation and just plain silliness produced by the wireless industry in the last 12 months, Unstrung presents some of our favorite quotes of 2005. "The whole network was pre-WiMax, it wasn't actually using the Intel [WiMax] chip. It was a pre-WiMax demonstration of what WiMax can do."

-- An Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) spokeswoman, on a WiMax demo that turned out not to be WiMax at all. (See Intel's WiMax AntiClimax.)

"WiMax is the next-generation access technology. I believe 802.16 is going to be the first global standard in that space. In fact it's already a global standard. GSM is just not a global standard because it is competing with CDMA."

-- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) CTO Hossein Eslambolchi, proving that some still believe. (See Eslambolchi: WiMax Booming .)

“What’s going for us in Europe is that we aren’t Qualcomm. We are the alternative to Qualcomm."

-- Ronny Haraldsvik, VP of marketing at Flarion, just months before his company got bought by... Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) (See Riviera Roundup.)

"We're still going to let them work with us. But there's more than one egg in our basket."

-- Ever-generous Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), assuring reporters that it will still play with Funk Software, even now that the network security firm has been bought by Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) (See Cisco's Funk Breakdown.)

"I wanted to build something I could actually use myself for a change. Not many people have gigabit switches in their home, you know?"

-- Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless Inc. , on her company's high-speed home wireless network. (See Ruckus: Causin' a Commotion?.) "Trees are the enemy in this business, no matter what you do." -- Jeff Thompson, CEO of mobile broadband provider Towerstream Corp. (Nasdaq: TWER) and friend to ecologists everywhere (See TowerStream: Unwired in the City.)

"Each Stratellite will reach its final altitude by utilizing proprietary lifting gas technology,"

-- Some call it helium! Sanswire Technologies Inc. (OTC: SNWR), on its -- no, we're not making this up -- broadband space balloon. (See WiMax in Space?)

"It's just plain bitchin' man, I'm telling ya."

-- Ebullient former Aruba Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: ARUN) director David Callisch, on the firm's backpack access point (See Interop Unwired.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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