nevtxjustin 12/5/2012 | 3:11:49 AM
re: WiMax: Town & Country I find it hard to understand why anyone would deploy WiFi or WiMax in an urban area that is well serverd by DSL or cable. The rural market has potential for wireless, but it is very competitive.

My cost for a CPE is only $59 and that includes a firewall and router . Until WiMax providers can met that price, I don't see any competition.
amit.siwal 12/5/2012 | 3:11:44 AM
re: WiMax: Town & Country Well it's a debatable topic and i'm sure this text box won't allow to accommodate all the points.....However to shed some light ...price of DSL CPE's is even lower than 60$now ...In a recent tender in INDIA ....a stripped down CPE i.e.with one Ethernet and one USB port was qouted at 15$ .... Digest that:P
[email protected] 12/5/2012 | 3:11:13 AM
re: WiMax: Town & Country The 2 biggest owners of licensed frequencies in the US are Sprint and Nextel. When Wimax is proven, and cost structures come down, and QOS is in place for VOIP, they will use Wimax as a telco bypass, to provide residential (and Business) voice and internet service.

It makes too much sense for them not to. The biggest cost to carriers is access. If they don't have to pay half of everything they get to the Bells, they make more money. They can deploy easier and quicker. They already have the infrastructure (towers and such) to provide coverage in metropolitian and most suburban and even many rural areas.

This will be the real tipping point for Wimax, at least in the U.S., what Sprint/Nextel do.
freetoair 12/5/2012 | 1:08:41 AM
re: WiMax: Town & Country Anyone who has watched the "proprietary" BWA vendors flounder around the markets (amonst the many dozens of trials) knows that deploying in urban areas is a non-starter. No predicatability of service is a good start from a customer standpoint. (uh try it...if it does not work...no charge.) :(

I like to see a vendor deliver a basestation for between $10,000-$20,000? Who the hell can hit anywhere near that today and make any money? And a WiMAX chipset is suppose to change basestation costs dramtically? Someone is high.

If vendors can get a CPE in at $200 cost initially and dropping - forget it. Non-starter in most all markets.

So that leaves lightly populated areas that no one else is serving (where high prices can be charged) or upstart SPs trying to make the best of it...well McCaw/Clearwire will be a good benchmark and Unwired (AUS).
Ganges 12/5/2012 | 1:08:00 AM
re: WiMax: Town & Country Yes, you are absolutely right. WiMax is making lot of noise in the industry still it hasn't prove anything solid even the techinical feasibility. Second, pricing is another killer for the technology. I have good acquatain on the BWA market using 802.11 tweaked technology which is working good with all the given limitations. It would be better to focus on this technology to make it more useful until 802.16 settles on its own and prove its promises.
I would better like to bet on 802.11n rather than 802.16 right away.
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