WiMax Seen Getting A Slow Start

Despite the excitement over WiMax, the technology is not expected to enjoy a large initial uptake. According to Motorola Asia-Pacific chief Simon Leung, WiMax users in Asia will number 3.8 million, most of them in Japan and South Korea, by 2009. One concern is how this technology, which promises to be faster and more extensive than current wireless systems, will tally with the operators’ business plans. Leung believes WiMax will complement existing technologies like WiFi and cellular services. Hwan Woo Chung, vice president of Samsung’s Mobile WiMax Group, meanwhile thinks WiMax will breed a new market, which will entail the production of new devices such as dual-mode handsets and MP3 players with WiMax support.
Via [computerworld.com]

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