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Alright, so we wouldn’t exactly call the wireless broadband standard WiMAX “hip.” But it’s gaining traction with the alternative/disruptive companies and carriers, while the competing standard LTE (Long Term Evolution) is being taken up by the dominant cell phone companies. That’s a general overview of the […]

GigaOM Mobilize conference: Broadband wireless debate

GigaOM Mobilize conference: Broadband wireless debate

Alright, so we wouldn’t exactly call the wireless broadband standard WiMAX “hip.” But it’s gaining traction with the alternative/disruptive companies and carriers, while the competing standard LTE (Long Term Evolution) is being taken up by the dominant cell phone companies. That’s a general overview of the theme of GigaOM’s “Broadband Wireless Debate” panel at Mobilize.

Clearwire’s Chief Strategy Officer Scott Richardson said that 3G can only go so far to deliver the future needs of consumers craving rich multimedia, music and video on the go. And the next generation of 3G from a carrier perspective, LTE, would take multiple years to implement, Richardson pointed out. On the other hand we’re about to deploy our WiMAX network in Portland, he said.

Jeff Belk, Managing Director of ICT168 Capital, jumped on that point — “the key phrase is ‘about to be deployed in Portland,’” compared to carriers’ networks, which are already dominant and practically ubiquitous.

Our own Om Malik summed up the dichotomy nicely. “WiMAX is becoming the renegade technology. . . . LTE is a carrier technology,” and later pointed out the difference isn’t even fundamentally about technology or cost but a mindset.

So where does that leave Wi-Fi? Oh, it will always be around and will help continue to do what it does best — drive down the costs for wireless access.

  1. [...] GigaOM Alright, so we wouldn¡Çt exactly call the wireless broadband standard WiMAX ¡Èhip.¡É But it¡Çs gaining traction with the alternative/disruptive companies and carriers, while the competing standard LTE (Long Term Evolution) is being taken up by the dominant cell phone companies. That¡Çs a general overview of the theme of GigaOM¡Çs ¡ÈBroadband Wireless Debate¡É panel at Mobilize. Clearwire¡Çs Chief Strategy Officer Scott Richardson said that 3G can only go so far to deliver the future needs of consumers craving rich multimedia, music and video on the go. And the next generation of 3G from a carrier perspective, LTE, would take multiple years to implement, Richardson pointed out. On the other hand we¡Çre about to deploy our WiMAX network in Portland, he said. mobile tech SHARETHIS.addEntry( { title: “Mobilize: WiMAX for the Renegades, LTE for the Incumbents “, url: “http://turquoise.tm.land.to/?p=246″ } ); [...]

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  2. [...] The Broadband Wireless Debate: The Network Technology Face Off [...]

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  3. Renegades v Incumbents? Was this supposed to be a tech forum or a marketing forum?

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  4. Renegades?? Not even sure what Om means here? Sprint is a renegade? It is not quite true that 3G is reaching its limits. HSPA+ (Evolved HSPA) uses MIMO technology and can easily reach downstream speeds as high as 28Mbps (In fact, the spectral efficiency compares favorably with LTE and WIMAX).

    I have written about this in my blog:

    http://mobilebroadbandblog.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/lte-loooong-term-evolution/

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  5. Wifi is not in the same league as WiMAX.

    WiMAX, 3G/HSDPA, LTE provide wireless access for the last mile (or miles). Wifi only provides it for the last 30 meters.

    So it is not comparable. Wifi is great for hotspots. 3G/HSDPA/LTE and WiMAX are the only ones to provide true mobility (the one you can enjoy while on a car or on a train)

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  6. Wow. I echo the comments of the other readers.

    Renegade? That sounds like an insult to the entire Wi-Max ecosystem. And besides like @Allen said we come here for the tech news and analysis not marketing buzz words…

    Pull up your socks guys.

    What’s worse you’re calling Wi-Max and LTE 3G technologies though all along in previous posts you guys have billed them 4G. Make up your minds.

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  7. [...] 2008 at 8:05 AM PT Comments (0) When it comes to the next generation of wireless broadband, the carriers seem to have the Long Term Evolution standard, or LTE, all sewn up, but the competing 4G service WiMAX is nothing to scoff at. WiMAX [...]

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  8. [...] it comes to the next generation of wireless broadband, the carriers seem to have the Long Term Evolution standard, or LTE, all sewn up, but the competing 4G service WiMAX is nothing to scoff at. WiMAX [...]

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