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July 16, 2008  2:53 PM

SK Telecom sniffs around Sprint

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Sprint, WiMAX

The low dollar may be contributing to interest in Sprint by SK Telecom, though many international operators have eyed acquisition as a means of entering the US market. There isn’t much commentary on the deal, but we are hearing the SK Telecom may be betting that the WiMAX position in the US...

June 9, 2008  2:07 PM

WiMAX consortium getting serious

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, WiMAX

WiMAX companies are proposing a patent pool to create a stable and reasonable royalty picture for the technology, hopefully stemming any loss of interest due to perceived risk in patent payments to third parties. Intel, Cisco, Sprint, Clearwire and Alcatel-Lucent are all involved. WiMAX, a new...

May 7, 2008  2:08 PM

Sprint/ClearWire WiMAX move to shake industry

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Google, Intel, WiMAX

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...

April 2, 2008  12:32 PM

Intel’s non-voice mobile devices to jumpstart WiMAX?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Integrated devices, Intel, mobile Internet devices, WiMAX

In what may well be a key announcement for the industry, Intel revealed that it had 25 partners working with it on portable Internet devices, or “mobile Internet devices” (MIDs) in the new-speak. These boxes will be designed for use while away from home or work but not mobile as the driver of a...

December 14, 2007  7:09 PM

Sprint and Clearwire Revival?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Mobile, WiMAX

There is speculation that a Clearwire/Sprint relationship may still be in the cards. The two companies had forged a WiMAX alliance but it came apart in the fall due, we have heard, to a strategy difference between the two. Sprint and Clearwire are now reportedly more in sync with regards to the...

November 1, 2007  1:53 PM

Bad Sprint Nextel Earnings Raise Acquisition Questions

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Mobile, WiMAX, Wireless broadband

Sprint Nextel has turned in another bad quarter with net dropping by 77%. The problem appears to be the loss of high-spend customers who prefer the coverage of rivals AT&T and Verizon. Sprint was perhaps the largest of the wireless carriers to rely on low-quality, bad-credit customers for...

October 19, 2007  1:29 AM

WiMAX revolution could be compromised

Posted by: Tom Nolle
WiMAX, Wireless broadband

USA Today is reporting that the WiMAX revolution is about to happen, which in one extent we believe is correct. WiMAX is definitely going to be a major force in the market in 2009 and beyond, but it is also likely to be at the cusp of a major issue with broadband wireless, which is how to...

September 26, 2007  9:42 PM

Cable companies driving WiMAX and WiFI

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cabling, Wi-Fi, WiMAX

September 26 2007: The cable companies, in a number of geographies, are deploying both WiMAX and WiFi services with some indication of success, in contrast to the apparent difficulties being experienced by municipal WiFi networks. The success here, we believe, is likely due to...

September 21, 2007  7:42 PM

Cedar Point chooses voice over WiMAX

Posted by: Tom Nolle

September 21 2007: Cedar Point, a VoIP player in the cable market, has announced it's deploying a voice-over-WiMAX network in Equador. Voice may be an ideal application for WiMAX and even for municipal WiFi because its bandwidth is low enough to insure that service quality won't...

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