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May 7 2008   2:08PM GMT

Sprint/ClearWire WiMAX move to shake industry

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

ClearWire and Sprint have finally married, apparently, brokered by Comcast, Google and Intel. The move is said to be preparing to shake up wireless carriers, but the most significant impact will be to expand the notion of a hot spot into something with metro or even national scope. As we have said continually, WiMAX is portable user technology not mobile technology, and thus will have its greatest impact where 3G is used for laptop connect. We expect to see pricing for wireless laptop plans fall, but all wireless including WiMAX has a significant limit in total bandwidth per cell, and this will result in sub-par performance relative to wireline broadband connections.

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