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When, where, and WiMax
Posted: 06-Jun-2004 [Source: EDN]

[Great article on the evolution of Wi-MAX.]

By Matthew Miller -- "Certain circles in the tech industry have been buzzing lately about something called WiMax. People are saying that WiMax is the long-awaited "third pipe" -- a wireless technology that will compete with DSL and cable in the last mile of broadband networks. They're predicting massive consumer adoption.

If that scenario sounds familiar, you're not suffering from deja vu. Rewind to 2000, and you'll see that pundits back then were also pumped up about the idea of wireless in the last mile. Forecasts called for rapid consumer uptake, and major companies placed some large bets.

They lost. True, a relatively small but thriving industry today provides wireless-broadband service. But those companies largely serve rural areas in which cable and DSL are not available, or they target enterprise customers. The service providers that attempted large-scale consumer rollouts of wireless broadband -- notably Sprint -- took a bath.

Now comes WiMax, and everybody's getting all worked up again."


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