Tuesday, April 01, 2008
WiMax technology could deliver the last mile of wireless broadband service as an alternative to cable and DSL, beginning with network deployment in 2009, according to executives at this week's Cellular Telecommunications & Internet (CTIA) Wireless Conference (April 1-3). The WiMax Forum said it expects to certify 100 WiMax mobile devices in 2008. It said more than 260 service providers would begin deploying WiMax services in 110 countries by 2010. San Diego-based NextWave Wireless Inc. demonstrated MXtv at the CTIA conference in Las Vegas. MXtv is a television broadcast capability that WiMax network operators can add to conventional cellular-type WiMax networks. NextWave Wireless also showed several WiMax reference-design prototypes, including a pocket digital video recorder (DVR) and announced that it was sampling a new higher-performance, lower-power combo WiMax/Wi-Fi chip set for OEMs.
Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 8:05 AM