Sunday, September 7, 2008

WiMax - Deserves Your Consideration

I think 2009 may be year of WiMax.  Here is a map from Daily Wireless.  Oh, what is WiMax you ask?

According to Intel and Wiki, WiMax stands for Worldwide Interoperability For Microwave Access. 

Here are some facts and selling points about WiMax:

  • Wiki claims Pakistan has the biggest WiMax network deployed.
  • It's known as 802.16e.
  • It is advertised as the best replacement to land-based broadband like DSL.
  • WiMax was used to help with communications and relief efforts in the aftermaths of Katrina and the 2004 tsunami.
  • Sprint and Clearwire are the biggest companies that have set up a WiMax network in the US.  Google, Intel, Comcast, and Time Warner later joined the partnership.
  • From time to time, rumors about a Google takeover of Sprint for the WiMax network will surface.
  • Intel is pushing Wimax very hard by adding a WiMax capable chip on some of their CPUs.
  • WiMax allows users to be freed from WiFi access points because of its longer range access.
  • Competing technologies include 3G, Wi-Fi, UMTS, and assortments of CDMA flavors.
  • Additional devices over the next year will have WiMax enabled access like Nokia's 800 tablet series and varying netbooks.  Of course, Intel will try to sell WiMax-CPU combinations to consumers and notebook makers.  Intel will push a wide variety of products:  mobile Internet devices, smartphones, Android phones (from Google), PDA, Camera, UMPCs, and laptops.
  • Consumer embedded access points.
IN the US, Sprint's WiMax service is called the xohm. Sprint is call the new service the "bigger hotspot".  Indeed, the service can't come fast enough.  It remains to see how customer experiences will be like once they start going mobile.  However, this is great news for mobile warriors as it is faster than 3G.  

As a mobile gadget fan, I can't wait to be rid of DSL or the need be next to a Wi-Fi access point.  I'm sure all mobile warriors out there agrees with me.  Now, just make this possible on Macbooks and I'll be a step closer to wireless heaven.

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