WiMax - the technology, devices and momentum - finally arrives.

WiMax - the technology, devices and momentum - finally arrives.

Summary: Finally! WiMax is officially here. I know this because executives pulled out the big scissors - in this case, hedge clippers - to the cut the symbolic copper wire (instead of a ribbon) to signify the end of the wired Internet.

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Finally! WiMax is officially here. I know this because executives pulled out the big scissors - in this case, hedge clippers - to the cut the symbolic copper wire (instead of a ribbon) to signify the end of the wired Internet. Whenever there's a ribbon cutting, you know its official.

I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this. I first heard about WiMax years ago when it was Intel, not Sprint, that first started talking about it. Today, Intel is still involved but it's Sprint, which launched the initial WiMax service - called Xohm - in Baltimore. In the official ceremonial festivities, executives from Sprint and its lineup of partners showcased laptops that already have embedded WiMax chips.

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According to a CNET report, Intel announced that it is now shipping its first-ever combined WiMax Wi-Fi module for laptops. Likewise, four notebook makers - Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Toshiba - announced laptops with the chips, available through Amazon.com and NewEgg.com. Other PC makers - Dell, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony - said their notebooks set for release in 2009 will also support the WiMax/Wi-Fi chips.

Sprint also said it will be offering devices that can alternate between the 4G Xohm network and existing 3G EV-DO networks, which will be used to augment the 4G service while it's being built out. Sprint also plans to launch a dual-mode 3G/4G laptop air card by the end of the year.

There's still a lot of work to be done before the service is as widespread as WiFi. It's just been launched and there are a lot of holes to fill. But we can be somewhat patient - now that WiMax is finally here. Remember: It took a while for WiFi itself, which offers wireless coverage over a smaller geographic area, to expand into airport terminals, coffee shops and bookstores. Even then, laptops without built-in WiFi relied on wireless cards that plugged into the laptop to pick up the signal.

So, even though it's early, let's please welcome WiMax. We've been expecting you (for a long time now.)

Topics: Wi-Fi, Laptops, Networking, Telcos

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  • Great News

    I've been reading a of articles about wimax and the buzz is all the same...excitement. This is evidence enough for me that it's time to buy a new laptop :)
    lapantz@...
  • No information?

    Coverage where? Fixed or Mobile? Reception distance?
    No_Ax_to_Grind
  • ANSWERS:

    Coverage where? Three major east coast cities.

    Fixed or Mobile? Fixed.

    Reception distance? two miles


    source:
    http://fakesteveballmer.blogspot.com
    Axe_to_Grind
    • You're so stupid that you don't know what you're talking about.

      Quit playing a game in ZDNet talkback.
      Grayson Peddie
  • I can't wait for WiMax to be in Orlando, FL.

    I'm not expecting WiMax to be in Tallahassee, FL as I'll be moving next year.
    Grayson Peddie
    • Clearwire

      I have use my Clearwire (www.clearwire.com) in Edgewater, FL. Clearwire has WiMax coverage in the following areas, Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville.

      Bob
      remilk
  • RE: WiMax - the technology, devices and momentum - finally arrives.

    I'm scare to see how the writer and everybody here express his ignorance about this matter. WiMax is not 4G or any good Technology. Too much noise (let me laugh in the first rain over Baltimore and when they experience the service outage because physical restrains of the WiMax Technology). WiMax is a dumb technology that made only one good choice, the use of OFDMA... everything else in WiMax standard is just crap. WiMax intelligence and creativity is very poor. That's the reason you don't have the 31.1 Mbps they promise.
    IT'S NOT A BACKHAUL ISSUE as they excuse themselves (Sprint- That was a silly excuse). Is a poor performance technology and it will be very hard to catch at indoor scenarios.
    Mobility? ha ha, you will see real problems with mobility. That they didn't get voice on it. No real time services. That's the real reason that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are waiting to a well cooked standard ,ecosystem of equipments (network and handsets) and the develop of 700 Mhz Networks. Lets wait for LTE and see what it is real speed.....
    PLEASE INFORM YOURSELF BEFORE MAKING CHOICES.
    ASK TO THE RIGHT PERSON (ELECTRONIC ENGINEERS OR ACADEMICS).
    edelho_10
    • RE: WiMax - the technology, devices and momentum - finally arrives.

      please kind sir elaborate, you seem to know much more than joe public. Any links will also help...
      all-ip
  • RE: WiMax - the technology, devices and momentum - finally arrives.

    I have been using Clearwire's WiMax for a year! Very dependable and fast enough for me. I can stream TV programs and Netflix movies with little problem, usually very smooth.
    remilk