Future of WiMax

Dennis Burgess dmburgess at linktechs.net
Thu Jun 17 13:46:26 UTC 2010

Lots of my clients (Wireless ISPs) have looked into deploying it,
however the costs are well over 20 times the cost of a unlicensed system
per access point.  I know it will be deployed as we work with some of
the backend routing etc. and installation with some of clearwires subs,
but most of my clients have moved on to other cheaper, more proven

Just what is going on in the WISP industry for the most part.  802.11n
so far on point-2-point links, are working quite well, cheap hardware as
well as ease of use is playing factors in this.  We are seeing 10+ mile
N links running 60-70 meg TCP and over 200 UDP using only 2x2 MIMO.   

Dennis Burgess, Mikrotik Certified Trainer 
Link Technologies, Inc -- Mikrotik & WISP Support Services
Office: 314-735-0270 Website: http://www.linktechs.net
LIVE On-Line Mikrotik Training - Author of "Learn RouterOS"

-----Original Message-----
From: Rubens Kuhl [mailto:rubensk at gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:48 PM
To: Seth Mattinen
Cc: nanOG list
Subject: Re: Future of WiMax

The future of WiMAX seems a lot less promising now that FD-LTE is the
clear winner for wide-scale mobile deployment, and TD-LTE, 802.11n and
proprietary technologies will compete for non-paired spectrum and/or
niche markets.

But one can build a network with WiMAX and make money out of it; global
market forces have established the big picture, not what would happen on
a specific scenario.


On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 4:35 PM, Seth Mattinen <sethm at rollernet.us>
> A while back I remember reading a comment here that "WiMax is not a 
> future proof technology" and that several manufacturers have dropped 
> it or something to that effect. I think it was in the starting a WiMax

> ISP thread. This has stuck in my head, and I was curious if there was 
> any truth to this.
> WiMax sounds promising, but I certainly don't hear a lot about it 
> other than Sprint/Clear. Is it just that everyone that's doing 
> wireless is sticking with relatively inexpensive 802.11 a/b/g/n 
> products, or is WiMax really a dead end?
> ~Seth

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