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WiMax finally gets real


I am, shall we say, more than a little cynical, even by my standards, when it comes to wireless networking. For example, I really, really have doubts about the wisdom of moving up to 802.11n. That said, I think the monster Mobile WiMax deal, which was announced today, may actually go places.

Why? Well Mobile WiMax (worldwide interoperability for microwave access), aka IEEE standard 802.16e, is a real standard-unlike the never quite approved 802.11n-and the WiMax Forum actually tests and certifies equipment for interoperability.

In other words, if you buy a WiMax device from any vendor say a laptop with the next generation of Intel’s Wi-Fi chips, the Montevina/Centrino 2, which will start shipping in June, it will work with any WiMax ground-station. In other words, you won’t have to sweat matching vendors for your WiMax connectivity to work.

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