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River cruise shows off Chicago’s WiMAX

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a historic trip, that started on the Chicago River aboard this WiMAX-ready ship. The skipper was skinny and Gilligan was nowhere in sight, but WiMAX chipsets were sending signals all over a...

Xohm readies for the revolution

"The horse is out of the stable, it's running around the track and there isn't another one in sight," Barry West, president of Xohm and CTO of Sprint Nextel Corp., said in his Wednesday morning keynote at WiMAX World USA. "There is really only...

Cooperation key to rollout

A quick stroll of the show floor reveals all sorts of flashy gadgetry and eye-popping mobile applications. But the executives behind Sprint Nextel Corp.'s Xohm would rather talk about the ecosystem than about megabits per second.WiMAX is a substantial technological step forward for the...

WiMAX and the Wild, Wild West : Chip vendors bullish, few may succeed

Intel Corp. has a vision for portable, personal broadband that will ensure the company transitions from "Intel Inside" to "Intel on the Internet."Mobile WiMAX plays a big role in chip vendor's vision, according to Intel's Ron Peck. Intel is prepared to turn out WiMAX...

Rural providers in Kentucky, Idaho look to WiMAX

While large service providers look to WiMAX technology to push the envelope on advanced services, small, rural operators are turning to WiMAX to provide basic broadband service to people who have not had access to it.Interest is strong, but actual deployments are few at...

Using WiMAX to bridge nation’s digital divide

WiMAX is only one of the wireless technologies being explored to extend services into rural areas, and in some cases the use of unlicensed spectrum is providing new services to rural customers. Unlike municipal Wi-Fi projects, the provisioning of rural wireless broadband networks establishes...

WiMAX expected to open up mobile device market

The list of mobile device manufacturers is about to get much, much longer.While a handful of "connectable" wireless devices have come to market in recent years-including Sony Corp.'s Play Station Portable and Kodak's EasyShare cameras-wireless hardware has generally been limited to pagers, mini-computers and...

WiMAX challenges: in-building, interoperability

WiMAX operators will have to weave around many issues they're sure to run into as they build out their WiMAX networks, but one glaring obstacle stands out among the pack: in-building coverage.LGC Wireless, which provides in-building coverage solutions for wireless operators, sees mobile WiMAX...

International interest in WiMAX growing

Beyond the shores and borders of the United States, WiMAX is an entirely different animal from the spectrum it plays on, the rules it must adhere to and the players bringing it to life.Around half of the world's population is now covered by some...

WiMAX chip biz to be a tussle

The abundance of venture capital for new mobile technologies such as mobile WiMAX chips has created more companies than can survive in the space, according to Mike Thelander, principal at Signals Research Group L.L.C."It's hard to foresee positive return-on-investment for many companies," said Thelander....

WiMAX should offer simple solutions to avoid confusion

Those venturing into the world of WiMAX don't want to further confuse consumers with yet another choice in technology. They want to simplify it, and by that they mean enabling people to access their personal content (and content that lives online) from anywhere on...

WiMAX vs. LTE: Let the battle begin

For plenty the debate is over, they've already committed to WiMAX or HSPA leading to LTE. But that never stops the larger, ongoing discussion. Wireless carriers and others are ramping up plans to upgrade or deploy entirely new networks to meet the ever-insatiable thirst...

FiveMinutes with… Don Stroberg

Don Stroberg, VP of sales for Sprint Nextel Corp.'s new Xohm Business unit, sat down with RCR Wireless News to talk about how the company's WiMAX plans are shaping up. Q: How does WiMAX fit into Sprint Nextel's overall strategy? A: Generally speaking, this...

700 MHz: Land of opportunity

The upcoming auction of 700 MHz could give birth to an unprecedented infrastructure that could serve countless rural consumers as it provides a crucial boost to the nation's public-safety industry.Or it could be a debacle.The winner of the highly prized chunk of spectrum will...

Big players have big plans for WiMAX

Consider WiMAX a bit schizophrenic. The technology is taking two divergent paths as different countries and different companies explore how best to put it to use in their respective markets. Dr. Mohammad Shakouri, board member and VP of marketing for the WiMAX Forum, has...

Top vendors producing WiMAX handsets : Can unsubsidized handsets compete with 3G?

The grandiose vision of ubiquitous WiMAX connectivity for everything under the sun is intoxicating, at least to Sprint Nextel Corp. and its partners. And credibility rises when the world's top three mobile handset vendors, which also produce WiMAX infrastructure, pledge to support Sprint Nextel's...

WiMAX devices due to hit U.S. market in ’08: Evangelism now, a slew of mobile devices soon

If you're wondering what shape WiMAX-enabled devices will take, you can hop a plane to South Korea and see Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s two models in action on SK Telecom's WiBro network. Samsung's M8100 is the world's first WiMAX-equipped PDA-style smartphone, a slider model...

Nortel continues search for larger WiMAX share

One major infrastructure vendor initially left out of Sprint Nextel Corp.'s WiMAX network development is Nortel Networks Ltd. Soon after being snubbed by the No. 3 carrier when it announced its trio of infrastructure partners in late 2006, Nortel said it expected to be...

Infrastructure partners crucial for mobile WiMAX deployment

With a mobile WiMAX soft launch just around the corner and a nearly nationwide deployment planned for the coming year, Sprint Nextel Corp. and its many partners are working feverishly on what many consider will be a two-to-three-year time-to-market advantage in rolling out next-generation...

Motorola, Nortel, others help kick off WiMAX show

WiMAX World USA is underway this week in Chicago and, not surprisingly, vendors rushed out news of their exploits, or plans for such exploits, in the mobile broadband arena in conjunction with the show.One might require an extensive cheat-sheet to grasp the technical definitions...

Telsima racks up $100M WiMAX deals

WiMAX equipment providerTelsima Corp. announced two tier-one operator deals in the fastgrowing Indian market, reflecting a WiMAX opportunity in emerging markets that has often been obscured in the United States by the prominence of Sprint Nextel Corp. and Clearwire Corp.'s plans for advanced services...

Japan’s DoCoMo jumps onto WiMAX bandwagon

Japanese telecom giant NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced it will form a joint venture with ACCA Networks Co. Ltd. in order to take advantage of ACCA's plans to build a mobile WiMAX network in the country using 2.5 GHz spectrum.The Japanese government decided to ban...

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