by Derek Kerton

ArrayComm Spins A Shift in Strategy Away From iBurst

In this good Unstrung article, Justin Springham covers the good news, and the bad news for ArrayComm. The good news is: Apparently there has been a major cash investment from a single mystery investor. The bad news is: apparently they are preparing the casket for their iBurst BWA technology. The technology has had limited traction, and was possibly ahead of its time. The complexity and high costs of installing an iBurst solution didn't appeal to network operators. The President and CEO also left last month. However, that's not to say there wasn't ample spin coming out of ArrayComm. Much like the french official who said Yassir Arafat was alive when he was quite possibly dead, an ArrayComm exec said, "We are getting the company back to its core business of putting its smart antenna technology into multiple wireless standards. At this point iBurst is our graduate student that's finished his PhD. We are now helping our other children." If that doesn't sound like spin, I don't know what does. On the other hand, we have felt for some time that the true value of ArrayComm's intellectual property lies in their smart antenna technology. We expect that (in due time) ArrayComm antenna solutions will figure in future versions of most wireless and cellular standards. Lastly, with the de-emphasis of iBurst, ArrayComm seems to be climbing on board the WiMAX wagon.

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