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WiMAX: Can Cisco get rid of the”last mile’s”last 2′

23 Oct , 2007  

2_feet_of_broadband_last_mileIf you were doubting whether WiMAX/802.16 would materialize as a broadband wireless access service, Cisco put their $330m where their acquisition machine is by gobbling up WiMAX antenna and base station maker Navini Networks. The prevailing argument (including from Cisco) is that WiMAX eats into existing WiFi’s products’ revenues, but it’s inevitable that carriers offer a wireless broadband network with much broader coverage over longer ranges. Carriers aren’t going to leave broadband’s wireless "last mile" revenues just to cell phone networks. Cable modems and DSL need a healthy wireless competitor and WiMAX is best equipped to bring it on.

Predictions are that WiMAX will make most of its inroads in developing countries where there’s much less wired and fiber infrastructure. Maybe so but there’s no reason WiMAX can’t make big inroads in North America where we all depend on intermittent low-WiFi 802.11 hot spots and cell phone networks for Internet access on PDA phones and tethered PDAs and laptops.

I tether my PDA phone and laptop all the time but would much prefer to ditch the "last 2 feet" of wire between my laptop and PDA phone, for a WiMAX standard in my laptop that could ride on broadband wireless offered by multiple carriers. Bring it on, Cisco. We want WiMAX.

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2 Responses

  1. John says:

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  2. John says:

    The information, that you have provided on the ‘WiMAX: Can Cisco get rid of the “last mile’s” last 2” is totally make sense to us. It was really very interesting to read the article.I have gone through many blogs, sites and forums which been providing great knowledge about the same, as like recently i was reading something about WiMAX on http://www.mobilemark.com the information that shared here is also great.I appreciate your work for this post, sure I’ll come across your blog again when you will share something new.Thanks,

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