WiMAX Supporters Try To Suppress Case Study About WiBRO Troubles

from the and-we-thought-they-would-just-go-away dept

Tempers flared at the WiMAX show in Singapore last week when the WiMAX Forum apparently moved to suppress a report issued by one of their media sponsors, Telecoms Korea. The Telecoms Korea report, prepared with the expectation of distribution at the event, apparently included a case study regarding KT's deployment of WiBRO in South Korea, including relevant facts about the rocky start the service has had. Well, apparently "rocky start" isn't on the agenda at the WiMAX Congress, since the Forum blocked distribution of the report. Telecoms Korea is accusing KT of being behind the cover-up, and it is specifically singling out Ron Resnick, the Intel executive who currently sits as President and Chairman of the WiMAX Forum as being the ax-man. The publication is furious at the alleged censorship, and says it degraded to a shouting match at the Congress with Resnick saying, "Get out of here, now!" several times. That's too bad, because as an occasional subscriber to Telecoms Korea, I have seen that their editorial position on WiBRO has been one part national pride mixed with one part realism. If they have had any bias, it has been a hope to see WiBRO succeed. The publication argues that by turning a blind eye to the simple realities of KT's difficult launch, the WiMAX community is setting itself up for repeat disappointment rather than being able to learn from it.

Filed Under: wibro, wimax, wimax forum
Companies: kt, telecoms korea

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    Alaric, 15 Apr 2008 @ 6:03am

    In Fairness to Intel

    You probably have to yell pretty loud to get heard over the entrenched cellular industry.

    But Its interesting Intel could've pushed for greater improvements to 802.16e to make it actually better than WCDMA/CDMA. They didn't they just rushed to get 802.16e out and i assume they figure they'll make up for the poor 802.16e performance via chip level integration of MIMO.

    But that approach is deeply flawed. Its wastes rare and expensive spectrum.

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