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    I have been analyzing wireless communications for 31 years. I am president of Wireless Internet & Mobile Computing, a pioneering consulting firm that helps create new and enhance existing wireless data businesses in the United States and abroad.

    I write a weekly column for about the wireless and wired Internet as well as writing a mobile blog and producing videos.

    Previously, I created the world's first wireless data newsletter, wireless data conference, cellular conference and FM radio subcarrier newsletter. I was instrumental in creating and developing the world's first cellular magazine.

    I also helped create and run the first association in the U.S. for the paging and mobile telephone industries.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008


Jeff Paul Scam

I love the IT technology, my dad got me my first pc for my birthday and ever since I became a big IT freak. I started internet marketing for the last four months and still looking for material that can help my marketing.

Alan A. Reiter

Hi John,

Good to hear from you! I agree that WiMAX has possibilities in emerging markets, especially those without 3G or without significant 3G systems.

Perhaps WiMAX will dominate in emerging markets and LTE will dominate in developed ly built with a large number of different devices at reasonable prices -- within the next two ro three years -- startup LTE systems in these emerging markets might have problems, especially if WiMAX also is reasonably priced for fixed Internet access.

But will many WiMAX networks be implemented within the next couple of years in developed countries?

John Metelski

The answer is that LTE is an evolutionary technology accomodating legacy systems. In addition, legacy operators do not have enough spectrum to robustly accomodate (scale) WiMax technology. It's a fudge.
WiMax is a greenfield technology. It is suitable where there are no significant legacy systems that need to "used up" e.g., the developing world. So WiMax will be the dominant world standard for 4G.
WiMax will take 4G market share from LTE because it will be implemented and commercially available 2-3 years before LTE 4G. So it MAY dominate even in the developed world.

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