WiMax and disaster response

Sascha Meinrath writes that not everyone is having a fun time with WiMax, despite the marketing hype around it (“It’s just Wi-Fi, but on Steroids!”):Sascha Meinrath writes that not everyone is having a fun time with WiMax, despite the marketing hype around it (“It’s just Wi-Fi, but on Steroids!”):

I’ve got nothing against WiMax — in fact, I’m looking forward to having another wireless tool in my networking toolbox. But, as I am constantly telling municipal representative, the press, and anyone else who asks, WiMax is decidedly not an upgrade to WiFi — WiMax is different technology, optimal in some situations, and far worse than WiFi in others — and while wireless generally is a new technology, WiMax is so new it hasn’t even been standardized yet. And while most folks are more than happy to uncritically sing the praises of WiMax, folks on the ground doing Katrina disaster recovery have had a decidedly different experience with things.

To read the rest of Sascha’s article, click here. And as always, please send in your comments.

Quote from article in Silicon.com:

Markku Hollstr??m, head of WiMax business programme at Nokia, said the technology had already been oversold: “WiMax is hype at the moment and it’s pretty bad hype.”

Comments

  1. Jim (aka Jacomo) says:

    WIMAX will be successful, however we need to differnetiate between the 2 forms in our discussions.

    WiMAX 802.16-2004 is of real value in multiple markets and will prove the more successful long term.

    WiMAX 802.16e (Mobile) is what everyone is over hyping and is a technology that will flounder as the enhanced 802.11 WiFi Alliance standards (i, e and the new n) begin deploying. However if Intel is successful in it’s drive to delay the release of 802.11n and sidelining Airgo MIMO technology, both of which marginalize 802.16e, we may see this vesion emerge yet.

    Jacomo