In an interview a few days later, Wolff said Clearwire has reaffirmed its faith in WiMax. "We're going full speed ahead with WiMax," he said. "It offers a more robust experience, at a more economic price point, than any other technology available today. We have no doubts we made the right decision."
Clearwire CEO Wolff says it's 'full speed ahead with WiMax. ... We have no doubts we made the right decision.'
WiMax is short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, a moniker created by the industry-led WiMax Forum to push the IEEE's 802.16 wireless broadband standard. The standard promises broadband-quality wireless that can be broadcast 2 to 6 miles from a single tower. The specs for LTE, seen as WiMax's chief rival for the future of wireless broadband, haven't been finalized, though they're mature enough for proto- types. And much debate over which will win.
There are those that even predict a merging of the technologies into a WiMax-LTE superstandard. Michael Seymour, VP of the WiMax unit at Alcatel-Lucent, which builds both WiMax and LTE gear for providers, thinks there eventually will be multimode devices with both WiMax and LTE connectivity, perhaps making an either-or question moot. "I think there will be some areas of overlap, and that will be OK," Seymour says.
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