At WiMAX World, a technology in search of its niche

WiMAX has always been something of an oddball technology in the mobile data world.While most mobile broadband standards are based on such cellular technologies as Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and GSM, WiMAX stands out as a data-only standard that is being billed as a wireless alternative to cable and DSL. At this week’s WiMAX World conference in Chicago, many speakers pointedly downplayed any competition between WiMAX and its cellular rivals in the mobile data market. Rather, they said WiMAX could act as a complement to such current 3G cellular data standards as Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA).To read all of this storyin Network World, see www.networkworld.com/news/2008/100208-wimax-role.html.

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