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sgan201
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12/5/2012 | 3:08:17 AM
re: Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service
Hi,

We are comparing apples with oranges in term of bandwidth. WiMax's bandwidth is shared. DSL is not.. So, DSL provide 1Mbps to each link while the WiMax shared the whole X Mbps to the whole group of users for each radio.

In urban area like USA, you have choices. You could get DSL with exclusive 1Mbps with very low price which WiMax try to compete with shared X Mbps. The DSL may give you better performance..

A more fertile ground for WiMax type of product will be dense urban area in Asia where DSL servcie is not widely available or use WiMax as filled in coverage for DSL.

Dreamer
DanJones
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12/5/2012 | 3:08:17 AM
re: Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service
Interference is likely to be the big issue in urban environments. All the initial WiMax rollouts in the US are using unlicensed public bands. Hard to say how big of a problem it will be yet.

Dan
materialgirl
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12/5/2012 | 3:08:17 AM
re: Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service
I have always felt that the "Rural WiMax" pigeonholing was bogus. If the economics of WiMax are so superior to DSL that it even works in rural areas does not, why would it not work even BETTER in urban areas? Line of sight issues? Interference?

If these issues do not hamper urban service, then covering even more people with one base station is more profitable, implying that WiMax is indeed economically threatening in urban settings.
OldPOTS
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12/5/2012 | 3:08:16 AM
re: Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service
Is the unlicensed BW for current deployments part of the BW that congress plans to reclaim along with/in addition to that from the digital to analog TV conversion?

Here comes the Telecom Bill reform $$$.

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materialgirl
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12/5/2012 | 3:08:15 AM
re: Covad Plots 'Pre-WiMax' Service
The FCC will have riots on their hands if they try to reclaim one Hz of spectrum. I have been involved with spectrum allocation. It does not happen quickly or painlessly.

I take it then that LOS is not a WiMax issue in the 5.8GHz range?


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