The Path to MoMax
The companies may also be feeling the heat from Samsung Corp., which is aggressively promoting WiBro, the Korean version of mobile WiMax, as the future of the standard (See Sprint Preps WiBro Trial and Samsung Demos WiBro.)
Meanwhile, startups are prepping for the move to mobile WiMax by promising silicon that can be upgraded to support the 802.16e standard, which is the basis of mobile WiMax.
U.K.-based PicoChip Designs Ltd. is promising that software upgrades will be available for its chips, while rival chip startup Sequans Communications has a similar roadmap.
But some industry watchers question how much players can prepare in advance for the 802.16e specification, which hasn't been ratified yet, and the several different mobile WiMax profiles that are expected to be derived from that specification.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung