Future of WiMax

Holmes,David A dholmes at mwdh2o.com
Thu Jun 17 12:16:27 CDT 2010


For business purposes such as fixed wireless access for small branch
offices, it would seem that Wi-Max is superior to current GSM and CDMA
proprietary networks in that the upload/download speeds are symmetric.
It appears that GSM and CDMA networks are based on the asymmetric low
upload bandwidth/high download bandwidth model, thus placing severe
restrictions on business use for fixed locations. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Seth Mattinen [mailto:sethm at rollernet.us] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:35 PM
To: nanOG list
Subject: Future of WiMax

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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