Sprint's WiMax Sulk

9:40 AM -- Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) has taken its WiMax ball and is going home. The operator has officially withdrawn from the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) alliance after the organization said that LTE (Long-Term Evolution) was currently the only technology that meets NGMN's requirements.

Sprint, the industry's champion of WiMax, has gone on a sulk since the NGMN alliance announced a partnership with the UMTS Forum at the end of June, and Dr. Peter Meissner, operating officer of the NGMN Alliance, stated in the press release: “Fulfilling NGMN requirements will provide a step change in existing mobile broadband experience and will enable and accelerate mass market access to new products and services. Based on intensive and detailed technology evaluations, 3GPP LTE/SAE is the first technology which broadly meets its recommendations and is approved by its Board.”

So, because WiMax didn't get the thumbs up, Sprint has given NGMN a finger or two.

Well, now, that'll show 'em.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

lrmobile_kumaramitabh 12/5/2012 | 3:35:41 PM
re: Sprint's WiMax Sulk With the adoption of the LTE standards in the ITU as 802.16m it is apparant that the spotlight has now shifted on how this will be impplemnted. But even without the ITU, the LTE win was a foregone conclusion.

LTE is supported by 3GPP, which means that it provides a natural upgrade path to all services and applications on the mobile networks, a trend which is the hallmark of the 3GPP.

Users of Mobile WiMAX, on the other hand had found themselves out on a limb as Mobile WiMAX is defined only upto the convergence layer and the network architectures need to be defined by each operator, when interface to networks such as 3G is involved. The IP Multimedia system ( a part of 3GPP technologies) helps somewhat in integrating WiMAX with Mobile networks under the IMS framework.
However extending WiMAX to NGMN was really streaching out the overextended interface technology to virtually the stratosphere.

However this has no bearing on the utility and the future extensive use of Mobile WiMAX in itself which is a far superior way to provide wireless broadband over large areas with QoS.

wap545 12/5/2012 | 3:35:39 PM
re: Sprint's WiMax Sulk LTE "..it provides a natural upgrade path to all services and applications on the mobile networks"
Or shall we say a FORKLIFT Upgrade to base stations and a total replacement of existing Handheld devices, or intro of new Dual Mode handsets.
Come on folks let's gets serious and talk about what is real and what is futures.

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