Is WiMAX Going Places? It Depends Who You Ask

The debate as to whether WiMax will gain global acceptance continues. Intel believes that with the existence of global frequency support for standards-based WiFi and WiMAX, scalable channel bandwidth, and high-performance multiple-antennas, the technology is ready to “bring about mobile communications and rich content across supported networks anywhere in the world. Peter Gardner, technology sector head for wireless communications at 3i Group of venture capital investors, disagreed with this view. He voiced skepticism that WiMax can be deemed an alternative to either WiFi or cellular networks. Spectrum issues — lack of standardization and strong regulations in some countries — he believes, would hamper the technology’s adoption. BT has a similar opinion. A spokesman from the firm noted the variance in spectrum and bandwidth use among nations.
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