[maemo-users] [Fwd: XOHM is Live in Baltimore]

From: John Holmblad jholmblad at acadiasecurenets.com
Date: Mon Sep 29 17:42:24 EEST 2008

Wimax will find success as a fixed line replacement technology in those 
geographic areas that are not well served by the broadband wireline 
service providers. 

Whether it succeeds as a mobile technology depends upon many factors 
including the speed with which the world's mobile service providers 
deploy 4g/Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

As you are probably aware WIMAX and LTE are both "all IP/all the time" 
technologies (aka All IP Network or AIPN) and the ITU has agreed to 
include IEEE 802.16e (the version of WIMAX that supports mobility) in 
its portfolio of standards for 4g,^1

What surprises me about the non-availability of the N80 Wimax edition 
for today's XOHM launch is that Nokia is once again missing the 
leadership boat by not having a 4g product available for sale on the 
several times delayed launch date for the XOHM service.

A cynic might assert that Nokia is bowing to the pressure of Mobile 
Service Operators who are going to be squarely behind, not WIMAX, but 
LTE, which, as a standard, has been championed by Nokia's and 
Nokia-Siemens archirivals Sony-Ericsson and Ericsson. In fact the 
reality may be that the N810 Wimax Edition product is simply not ready 
for prime time.

1. http://ltewatch.blogspot.com/2008/07/itu-approves-new-4g-specs.html

Best Regards,


John Holmblad


Acadia Secure Networks, LLC

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Matt Emson wrote:
> John Holmblad wrote:
>> This makes me wonder if Nokia is hedging its bets on the success of 
> Had a meeting with a provider of microwave based internet last week. 
> He mentioned they were involved in the rollout of WiMax in the UK. 
> Unfortunately, he also made it sound like it was unlikely to be 
> available before 2010. By then the N810 will be old technology.
> I guess, "I wouldn't hold my breath" would be the turn of phrase I'd 
> use. Outside of the US, the spectrum used by WiMax is often highly 
> regulated. I'm not sure of other European countries, but the UK is 
> having some kind of auction at some point (or maybe had one?) but 
> either way, it's not something that looks likely to happen within the 
> lifetime of the N810.
> M

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