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Sprint Drops the WiMax Shoe

4:15 PM -- Actually, I have always assumed that fixed WiMax would be a great success in the access market, and in emerging economies and rural areas. But the availability of mobile WiMax raises the question: Why go fixed when you can have mobile? One of the really big trends in networking overall today, enabled by cost-effective mobile broadband, is the replacement of fixed services by mobile. It’s already happening, big time, with voice services. But with the increasing availability of mobile broadband services along with those voice offerings, mobile access to the Web could become the norm as well. And, yes, we can build small mobile communicators with decent screens more that suitable for the application. Have a look at the Nokia 770 if you don’t believe me.

I had assumed -- until the Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) announcement -- that the winning combination would be broadband cellular (3G/3.5G/3.75G/whatever) coupled with WiFi. So along comes Sprint with what we can all agree is a 4G mobile-WiMax rollout, and, OK, we won’t see it until the end of next year, but, wow, I mean, this is Sprint! Yes, the big cellular carrier! We’d all assumed they would deploy WiMax in their 2.5 GHz. spectrum, but the announcement could be read that this isn’t just a data service or adjunct offering; it is instead the future of Sprint and perhaps mobile communications overall.

Sprint still has some splainin’ to do, though. OK, I’m an IT manager for a big company. Do I continue that planned rollout of EV-DO to my 30,000 people in the field, or do I wait for WiMax and 4G? And will WiMax have enough bandwidth to realize the 4G dream on its own, or are we now talking a converged WiMax/WiFi offering? And what will Sprint’s competitors -- particularly Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless -- do? This is going to get, um, interesting -- and quickly.

— Craig Mathias is Principal Analyst at the Farpoint Group , an advisory firm specializing in wireless communications and mobile computing. Special to Unstrung

sfw 12/5/2012 | 3:45:02 AM
re: Sprint Drops the WiMax Shoe Just a side observation on this whole WiMax hype following Clearwire and Sprint announcements.

What is common between Greg McCaw, Dan Coombs, and Barry West? They were the key figures behind iDEN technology in the early 90s. Greg invested in Nextel, Dan led the Motorola iDEN division, and Barry was CTO of Nextel.

Now they are back at it again, this time in WiMax. Greg is running Clearwire, Dan is developing gear & devices for WiMax, and Barry is the combined SprintNextel CTO.

But outcome could be very different this time around. Different landscape, different rules for the game, ...

Wonder how much support Barry has from the CDMA side of SprintNextel ...

SFW.
freetoair 12/5/2012 | 3:45:03 AM
re: Sprint Drops the WiMax Shoe the interesting timing for announcement of a service that 'maybe' will be available in some fashion nearly 18 months from now...

--> consider the potential multi-faceted rationale(s) that could be driving this...

Anyone remember "Broadband Direct (MMDS)"?
Or ION perhaps ($2B sunk, 6-8,000 layoffs)?
Quite a few other examples...

As for IT deciding to use 1X-EVDO the answer is simple. If you are the point of making such a decision you have a business need. Wait maybe 18 months or more to make a decision? - come on that is ridiculous - your service agreement would not be that long, the devices will change, Apps update, etc. Not to mention wide-area mobility, voice, multi-vendors, needs, etc.

No-brainer. No FUD there.
IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 3:45:04 AM
re: Sprint Drops the WiMax Shoe From the article:

Do I continue that planned rollout of EV-DO to my 30,000 people in the field, or do I wait for WiMax and 4G?

WouldnGÇÖt an IT manager responsible for 30K seats asking this kind of question get fired for being hopelessly out of touch?

Maybe thereGÇÖs impact on long-term planning, but Sprint did a good job explaining there will be multi-mode EV-DO/WiMax devices.
longhorn89 12/5/2012 | 3:45:06 AM
re: Sprint Drops the WiMax Shoe I commend Sprint and its management for the bold move towards WiMax. With backing and drive from wireless & semiconductor "titans," we are one step closer to the mobile "anywhere" Internet. I am sure there are many smart folks who will make this future come true. Opportunity in mobility is too valuable for innovation to slow down...

Hooray for Sprint and the wireless industry..
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