Uncommon Wisdom

Oct 8 2008   3:30PM GMT

WiMax needs “lifestyle” purpose to make it

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

At WiMAX World, panelists sparred with attendees over questions of when WiMAX would become more than another access technology, and this is what we believe the major question is for WiMAX.

If the technology is simply another way to get on the Internet from a phone or PC, it is threatened by competitive notions (3G/LTE, WiFi hotspots) that will attack segments of its potential market.

If the technology is aimed at a lifestyle built around portable devices big enough to entertain but small enough to carry to a café, or to put into a vehicle, it may be a different story.

Intel and others who have encouraged, if not blindly promoted, WiMAX will now have to step up and make this new model of behavior viable, or WiMAX will have little chance.

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