More Non-WiMax Called WiMax

Yet another news story is describing a wireless broadband service as WiMax, when that’s clearly impossible, since no WiMax certified equipment exists because no WiMax certification program exists. Even worse, this article claims that WiMax (existing or not) is “a radio signal technology similar to Wi-Fi.” Well, it is a wireless technology, but other than that and both have the catchy marketing prefix of Wi-, but that’s about it in terms of serious similarities. The company in question offering the wireless broadband, CAWinet, doesn’t have any text on their website about WiMax, so either a PR person got ahead of themselves, or a reporter got confused (not the first time that’s happened). Still, the folks in the WiMax forum might want to start paying attention or the whole concept of WiMax-certified may be completely irrelevant.

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