Back in November, we dinged Intel for the silly assertion that WiMax was a big success when no WiMax actually existed (despite the stories you might have read in the press). WiMax equipment was still in the certification stage -- and while that certification finally happened, it is still quite limited. The hype level concerning WiMax has certainly gone to ridiculous lengths, and it's too bad that so many seem to have fallen for it. The "WiMax" networks that the press talks about are almost entirely not WiMax, but some proprietary technology that the vendor hopes to maybe someday upgrade to WiMax, if possible. Still, with all of that, it's fairly amusing to see Qualcomm's latest statement that WiMax is dead. Of course, just as Intel is biased because they've bet so much on WiMax, Qualcomm is biased because they've bet so much on WiMax competitor FLASH-OFDM. Honestly, though, is it really so hard to wait until the technology is actually tested in a real environment before we declare it dead or a success? The "extremism" over WiMax doesn't do anyone any good, and is only going to lead to more false expectations concerning the technology. Unfortunately, it seems like recently "false expectations" are what the wireless industry has been best at delivering.
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