Readers Love Mobile WiMax – Mostly
In the most recent reader poll, The Future of Radio Access, 50 percent of the 178 respondents voted for mobile WiMax as the most exciting development in radio since all those FM stations got renamed "Jack" recently. [Ed. note: Okay, not really, but you must admit that is one of the branding puzzlers of our time.]
And then, after lauding WiMax over and above rival technologies such as Flarion Technologies's Flash OFDM and the various high-speed 3G upgrades, 35 percent of you turn around and describe "4G" as a "stoopid" term, and 38 percent say this next-next-generation technology will cause "industry fragmentation and confusion."
But, unless we here at Unstrung are very much mistaken -- and hey, that usually only happens when the moon is full -- mobile WiMax is riding the crest of the coming wave of 4G technology.
That's because mobile WiMax is based on OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access), which offers the high data transfer rates of OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing -- duh) modulation but with the ability to assign dedicated bandwidth to individual users (IUs), which makes two-way communications (TWCs) more consistent (MC). (See All Hail OFDMA!.) But it seems as if many in the Unstrung audience are happy with plain ol' mobile WiMax, and want no truck with this 4G malarkey.
And with the possibility of next-gen fragmentation and confusion on the horizon, it's perhaps not surprising that only 23 percent of those who voted think users are actually looking forward to 4G, and only 21 percent believe that network operators are waiting with baited breath for the next wave of wireless.
So, now that 4G is out of the way, what about another controversial topic? Unstrung's latest poll asks whether wired LAN networks could learn a new security trick or two from the new breed of enterprise WiFi networks.
Go to Wireless Security: Why Worry? and vote now!
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung