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WiMax: Keep the Faith

The long-term outlook for the 802.16 wireless metropolitan area standard remains buoyant despite recent concerns surrounding market hype and delays to WiMax product testing, according to the results of Unstrung’s January poll: 2005: Maxing It Up?

Although development of the fixed wireless 802.16d standard has been slowed by high-profile delays to the official certification process, a majority 57 percent of 270 respondents remain “cautiously optimistic” on the future of WiMax (see Wise Words on WiMax and WiMax Guide for more details on the technology).

“The technology will have specific uses – e.g., in rural areas as an alternative to broadband infrastructure,” argue the masses.

A further 27 percent of Kool-Aid drinking folk claim that WiMax is “awesome” and will “live up to the hype and even challenge 3G as a pervasive wireless broadband technology.” [Ed. note: Whoa there, people!]

Just when the WiMax market will really begin to take shape remains open to debate, however, with readers split on the technology’s chances of commercial success in the next twelve months.

45 percent of readers believe that 802.16 technology will “emerge as a credible wireless replacement for DSL/cable” this year, while 49 percent claim WiMax will “splutter onto the market with minimal impact.”

As for which vendors are best placed to reap any early market growth rewards this year, "pre-WiMax" kit vendors "such as Alvarion and SR Telecom” (36 percent) and networking giant Intel Corp. (32 percent) are flagged as likely candidates for success.

Moving on, Unstrung is sticking with the subject of hype for this month’s poll, focused on demand for wireless triple-play services. The idea of delivering voice, video, and data services wirelessly to consumers has long been a touchstone for all sorts of industry executives, but has its time really arrived? Have your say here: Wireless Triple Play

— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung

standardsarefun 12/5/2012 | 3:26:59 AM
re: WiMax: Keep the Faith Just as they said back in the early 1990 that GSM means "God Send us Mobiles" the killer question for WiMAX will be the likely date for market availability of useful terminals. And by that I don't mean test devices or big boxes.

For 802.16-2004 (nee 16d) this means when will real PC-card format devices arrive?
Likewise for 802.16e - when will handsets appear with battery lifetimes to challenge 3G phones?
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