Alvarion Already Pushing For Mobile Not-Really-WiMax

from the trying-to-force-the-issue? dept

This is apparently the time of the year when wireless companies have been trying out there “quick! look over there!” strategies, where they point to what’s coming next, rather than discuss the problems they face today. First we had that Super 3G thing, which was an attempt to make people forget about other wireless technologies, and now we have Alvarion claiming that they’re going to push forward with mobile WiMax, despite the lack of a standard. This is probably being done for three reasons. First, realizing that all the hype around WiMax is going to quickly turn to disappointment when people realize that it’s not a mobile solution at all and it’s not going to replace your DSL or your mobile phone any time soon. So, being able to point to mobile WiMax as “coming soon” rather than “coming sometime, maybe,” probably looks better. Second, the WiMax folks are facing increasing competition from other wireless offerings — some of which exist already and offer high speeds and mobility (such as FLASH-OFDM and UMTS TDD). Finally, Alvarion, who has bet big on WiMax, knows that plenty of companies are working hard to make sure mobile WiMax never exists. Alvarion (and Intel, who supports this move) are probably trying to force the issue by showing some working “pre-standard” (read: proprietary technology that we hope might possibly define the standard at some point, maybe) WiMax equipment, in the hopes that it will push past some of the obstacles other companies are laying down in front of any mobile WiMax standard.

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Bob Syputa (user link) says:

RE:Alvarion Already Pushing For Mobile Not-Really-

WiMAX has been gaining momentum among cmpanies that count… not the little guys of WiFi world delerium.

802.16e is scheduled to be out this spring – most of the work has been done. It has shifted a bit with the brining in of the WiBro effort including Samsung and LG who came over from the almost defunct 802.20 high speed mobile broadband standard group. That and FLASH-OFDM now look like a niche field of development. A nail in FLASH’s coffin may have been Sprint’s acquisition of Nextel… Flarion’s last great hope to make FLASF-OFDM a defacto standard. 802.20 looks to be at least another 18 months away… if it survives as an active effort.

Meanwhile, Alvarion has announced an agreement with Lucent/Bell-Labs, one of the originators of OFDM and also the seed for Flarion (Lucent-Bell holds sefveral hundred OFDM, MIMO and FEC patenets pertinent ot all these develoments (HSPDA, MC-CDMA, FLASH-OFDM, and 802.11n.

Bob Syputa
WiMAXPro – TEAMrep

Mike (profile) says:

Re: RE:Alvarion Already Pushing For Mobile Not-Rea

802.16e being out in the spring?!? That’s unlikely.

Yes, the WiBro deal does help, but it’s still not going to happen that quickly, and everyone knows it.

Obviously, FLASH is never going to get standardized, due to a variety of reasons, but some of those factors are at work trying to prevent 802.16e, also. However, it’s not entirely clear that the Sprint/Nextel deal really is that bad. Nextel was thinking about going with both EV-DO and FLASH already — and there’s no reason to think that Sprint Nextel might not decide to do the same. They have the spectrum to do so.

Speaking of spectrum… who has the spectrum to do WiMax?

Also, noticing you didn’t saying anything about TDD.

Hey, I’d love for WiMax to catch on and be great, but there are a *lot* of questions, and so far there’s been a lot more hype than substance.

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