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 service framework likely dependent on wide acceptance by portable device vendors, poses greater risk than something like 3G, whose market is already established. The move is seen as a way to encourage participation by equipment vendors. This shows that the Clearwire WiMAX consortium formed here earlier is likely serious about trying to make WiMAX work.