Whatever you think of West, this guy is top entertainment.
"No one is asking now whether WiMax is working... WiMax is not going away," he read from his prepared statements, before adding: "I'm tired of the hype about LTE." (See Telefónica Kicks Off LTE Trials, Moto Adds Android Apps, and so on.)
But West wasn't done yet: He shifted up a gear when asked about the potential competition to WiMax services from the increasing rollout of HSPA+. "Support is falling away for HSPA+... [it] seems like it's dying," he stated in response to Light Reading questions.
The evidence, though, seems to suggest the contrary:
- Hutch 3G Austria Deploys HSPA+
- Huawei Ups the HSPA+ Stakes
- Japan's EMobile Pumps Up Its HSPA+
- ZTE Completes HSPA+ MIMO Tests
- Sonaecom Launches HSPA+
- Rogers Rolls Out HSPA+, Teams With MTS
- Beer 'n' Broadband
- StarHub Launches HSPA+
And it's worth noting that the WiMAX Forum offered statistics about the estimated number of global commercial WiMax users only when questioned by Light Reading. The current tally? Between 8 million and 10 million worldwide. Clearly, though, this is increasing, with that number being pushed up each month by uptake in countries like Malaysia and Russia.
In Russia, Yota, which offers its service in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Ufa, added 65,000 new customers in September alone, taking its total to 200,000, and, according to Yegor Ivanov, director of business development, it's currently adding about 2,300 new customers each day, even though its flat-rate monthly fee of about US$28 is about $13 more expensive than a DSL connection. The company claims it's already cashflow positive, even though it only began commercial operations on June 1. (See Yota Boasts WiMax Subscriber Growth.)
The operator, which has built out its own fiber-based backhaul network in dense urban areas, today announced it is using microwave backhaul technology from DragonWave Inc. (AIM/Toronto: DWI; Nasdaq: DRWI) in less densely populated areas. (See DragonWave Backhauls Yota's WiMax.)
Elsewhere in Africa, where WiMax is helping to break the broadband bottleneck, there was news of a fresh rollout in Mozambique. (See More WiMax for Mozambique and Telecom Market Spotlight: Africa.)
— Ray Le Maistre, Ufa News Editor, Light Reading