A Nokia exec made some waves two weeks ago when he said "cellular networks currently suck," but then said WiMax wouldn't live up to people's expectations. Then, earlier this week, a Qualcomm exec teed off on mobile WiMax. It's easy to characterize both sets of comments as attempts by entrenched cellular data companies to undermine a rival technology, but now, even carriers are saying slow down on the WiMax hype as both customer-premises and carrier equipment remains too expensive, and a lack of standardized spectrum around the world will keep prices high. The CTO of UK carrier BT told a trade-show panel that the first WiMax services will offer between 1 and 2 Mbps -- a far cry from some of the speeds the WiMax hype machine has been throwing out -- and said "the business case for mobile WiMAX is tough". But all this is coming from carriers at one show in Las Vegas. Fly across the country to Boston, where a WiMax show is happening at the same time, and the hype continues.
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