Even though the same benefits are already offered by 3G wireless wide-area networks, survey respondents warmed to the idea of the mobile Internet. In fact, 31% said they would read or view live, real-time online media (which we have to assume means streaming videos); 28% indicated they would use it for mobile entertainment; and another 28% said they'd use WiMax to download music to their computers.
The real killer is that 57% of survey respondents said it is imperative for wireless broadband service to be available wherever they happen to be.
The enterprise aspect of the survey was somewhat more baffling. The results state:
*45 percent would find it beneficial to use WiMAX for reading and responding to e-mail; *43 percent for accessing the Internet for work; *33 percent for accessing their company Intranet to better manage customers, resources and field service; and *30 percent for sending data, including pictures or video, from remote sites back to the office.
These answers seem to indicate a general lack of awareness of the availability of mobile technology. Don't enterprise users already use Wi-Fi and 3G for these tasks both in and out of the office?
What sets WiMax apart from already existing technologies? I would have liked to see some questions comparing WiMax to Wi-Fi and 3G in this study, just to get an idea of the perceptions of the three different technologies.
I, for one, happen to believe they will all find their own niches in the market and compliment one another.