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  (Source: Telematics News)
While WiMAX is just not starting to gain some traction in the U.S., WiMAX 2 is already on the horizon

WiMAX is common in Europe and other parts of the world, but here in America, the 4G WiMAX networks are still relatively rare. Sprint and Clearwire are the only two carriers that have bet on WiMAX in America.

The two companies are slowly rolling WiMAX out to major cities around the country with more new cities coming online at a steady pace. All of the other major carriers will be using LTE technology and those networks are expected to begin coming online at the end of 2010 and in early 2011.

WiMAX is relatively new here in America, but in other countries it has been around longer and companies behind the format are looking forward to a new WiMAX specification dubbed WiMAX 2. The new WiMAX 2 format is built on 802.16m specifications and is a 4G service. The main benefit of the new service is increased speeds that will be up to 300Mbps. The new specification also has lower latency than current WiMAX and will offer a higher capacity for bandwidth consuming services like VoIP.

Industry leaders behind the new specification working to evolve the industry to WiMAX 2 include Alvarion, Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Sequans, XRONet, ZTE and others. The companies are working on bringing equipment needed for providers to offer the faster speeds as well as consumer equipment taking advantage of WiMAX 2 to market. This consumer gear includes USB modems and mobile internet devices.

WiMAX providers are seeing major growth in some markets with consumers using much higher bandwidth than they did previously. Some people on WiMAX networks are consuming as much as 7-10GB of data monthly according to carriers.

“The wireless industry is convinced that the growing volume of data consumers are eating up is a bad thing,” said Mike Sievert, Chief Commercial Officer, Clearwire. “But for us, our spectrum position gives us tremendous capacity and the ability to meet the explosive demand for mobile broadband. Today our CLEAR mobile customers are using an average of more than 7GB of data per month on our network. And while other companies are considering how to curtail usage, we simply say to our customers, here’s the Internet: the world in the palm of your hand – enjoy it.”





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Heres a novel idea...
By xler8r on 4/12/2010 8:36:39 AM , Rating: 2
Call me a dreamer, but wouldn't it just make sense for US carriers to hold out on WiMax 1 rollout, skip it and wait for 2? Makes the most bloody sense....




RE: Heres a novel idea...
By Hieyeck on 4/12/2010 9:26:23 AM , Rating: 2
Here's a better idea. How about getting proper 3G (*cough*AT&T) before even discussing 4G. The rest of the developed world (heck, even some developing nations) is a whole 2 generations ahead of us, paying less and getting it unlimited.


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By Jeffk464 on 4/12/2010 12:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
Putting in more 3G makes no sense at all now. If they are going to add new towers they should go directly to 4G. I drive a truck all around the country and have been pretty pleased with verizon's 3G coverage, must be an AT&T thing. Kind of sucks really I cant shop around for cheaper plans like most people who stay around the same area.


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By TheRequiem on 4/12/2010 6:50:42 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, I'm with Sprint right now and I usually get coverage everywhere I go and if it's not on Sprint, it usually roams off Verizon. I had AT&T for years and the only place I got good coverage was Las Vegas.


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By mcnabney on 4/13/2010 12:44:03 PM , Rating: 2
No you don't.

Verizon and Sprint are not sharing right now. If you aren't on Sprint you will be on US Cellular or 'Bob's Rural Wireless'.


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By casteve on 4/12/2010 10:21:26 AM , Rating: 2
They aren't even finished with the definition. So, don't expect volume equipment rollout to carriers for another 2 years.

Shaun, your sub-head has a typo. "While WiMAX is just not starting to gain..."


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By casteve on 4/12/2010 10:23:44 AM , Rating: 2
"Shaun, "....eep!


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By ksherman on 4/12/2010 10:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
No kidding, remember how long it took 802.11n to be finalized?!


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By bplewis24 on 4/12/2010 11:47:29 AM , Rating: 2
It's finalized?

Brandon


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By TheFace on 4/12/2010 12:15:48 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah it happened about 2 years after people stopped caring whether or not it was a finished product.


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By Jeffk464 on 4/12/2010 12:32:03 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I almost never get an internet connection that is fast enough to benefit from wireless N. Kind of like having the new 1Gps wired ethernet connection hooked up to your DSL.


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By mcnabney on 4/13/2010 12:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
Some people actually use their home networks for things besides getting online to check Facebook. If you have a Home Server / Server in your home you probably already have GigE.


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By geddarkstorm on 4/12/2010 1:50:31 PM , Rating: 2
That's kinda how it usually goes. Just look at HTML5/OpenGL/OpenCL. Generally, anything that's not proprietary sits around till enough people grab one version of it to force that version to become the finalized spec.


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By bplewis24 on 4/12/2010 3:45:02 PM , Rating: 2
That is funny but true. I actually planned on waiting until the spec was finalized, and then about 1.5 years later I changed my mind and bought a router with N compatibility and stopped caring about whether or not they finalized it.

It must have happened sometime since then :)

Brandon


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By atlmann10 on 4/12/2010 2:09:43 PM , Rating: 2
Well; whether you are a dreamer or not, actually matters very little. This is because Sprint which also owns Clearwire and through them has already installed there Wimax backbone. No other provider currently has any active 4G service available anywhere period.

This actually puts Sprint in a very unique place right now. Seeing as they are the only 4G provider in the US period gives them a very distinct market advantage. The fact that any other US cellular provider is using Wimax or LTE means specifically less because of this.

This is because any provider able to offer active service of a new type to any market and do so singularly owns that market. Whether they are able to keep this long term is another issue all together. I would say the odds are pretty good seeing as there is an upgrade path before the initial one is even open.

This will all start very shortly when Sprint drops the HTC EVO on the market, as it is the first US 4G phone.


RE: Heres a novel idea...
By Jeffk464 on 4/12/2010 4:34:03 PM , Rating: 3
Ya, that phone is pretty tempting. I wonder how often you will actually see 4G during the first year though. I can get a new phone next month on verizon, really don't know what to do. I like the wireless tethering and $50 price on the palm pre, but really want an android phone. I swear its a two year commitment, lots of marriages don't even last that long. :)


By BobT on 4/12/2010 12:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I believe if you check you will find that only one company is really rolling out nationwide WiMax presently. Which company name you use depends on how you want to define this company.

When Sprint sold its WiMax frequencies to Clearwire in 2008, it obtained 51% of Cleawire stock in exchange for these frequencies. So while Cleawire is a separate company on paper, actually it is just a subsidiary of Sprint.

Clearwire is the company actually building and rolling out the WiMax network and Sprint is a wholesale customer using this network to provide 4G access for its wireless customers.

There are actually many other WiMax rollouts in place or being built in the US but Clearwire is the only company holding nationwide licenses for WiMax frequencies. Many small companies scattered all over the US have networks serving small areas of the country.




By atlmann10 on 4/12/2010 2:12:01 PM , Rating: 2
Well; whether you are a dreamer or not, actually matters very little. This is because Sprint which also owns Clearwire and through them has already installed there Wimax backbone. No other provider currently has any active 4G service available anywhere period.

This actually puts Sprint in a very unique place right now. Seeing as they are the only 4G provider in the US period gives them a very distinct market advantage. The fact that any other US cellular provider is using Wimax or LTE means specifically less because of this.

This is because any provider able to offer active service of a new type to any market and do so singularly owns that market. Whether they are able to keep this long term is another issue all together. I would say the odds are pretty good seeing as there is an upgrade path before the initial one is even open.

This will all start very shortly when Sprint drops the HTC EVO on the market, as it is the first US 4G phone.




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