More WiMAX Backlash
from the about-time dept
Despite all the hype surrounding WiMAX, it looks like a few companies are finally realizing that, just like plenty of other wireless technologies before it, too much hype is going to be damaging. Cisco is now trying to tone down the WiMAX hype, noting that it’s fine for backhaul, but don’t expect to be WiMAXing from your laptop any time in the near future, if ever. This is, of course, what many people in the industry have been saying for a while, but some companies (hello, Intel) and the press have completely fallen in love with the technology. The press is especially guilty (though, the WiMAX backers have done little to stop the hype), as they can’t help but paint pictures of ubiquitous high speed broadband connections, based on a technology that still doesn’t really exist — even if some people like to pretend it does.
Comments on “More WiMAX Backlash”
I want WiMAX
Given that UMTS will be run by phone companies, it’s sure to be an expensive ripoff.
I want ISPs to offer WiMAX, so I can get good prices.
The Linksys connection
Keep in mind that this is coming from the guy who is responsible for Linksys, which makes a ton of money off of Wi-Fi gear. If Wi-Fi was suddenly displaced, Linksys would potentially stand to lose a lot monetarily as well as in credibility.
Re: The Linksys connection
Not really. Linksys is a Cisco-owned company. Cisco is knee-deep into WiMAX, and stands to make good revenues if WiMAX succeeds. Any IP-based broadband wireless technology that either expands or replaces existing telco hardware (or WiFi) is good for Cisco.
I am viewing this post over WiMax now.
3Mbps down 400Kbps up
$50/M 10GB transfer + $1.50perGB to max $30 then free.