Wednesday, May 25, 2005

WiMax -vs- 3G

The news of WiMax has probably crept up on many people, but with trials in the UK (Canterbury, Kent) kicking off soon it is looking like fiction no longer. Whats the big buzz? Well, those of us who are hamstrung if the pub we are meeting mates in DOESN'T have a Looseconnection will understand the significance of WiFi with 70Mbit/s and a range of 48km!

One strange section in the article ponders whether WiMax has arrived too late to make significant inroads into the wonders of 3G as at the moment it is only suitable for fixed broadband connections. Hmmmm, let me think.....

  • have the WiMax hardware developers had to pay a Government BILLIONS of pounds for the right to broadcast? Nope.
  • can you put Telephone conversations (Voice over IP), video signals, data etc over WiMax without paying ridiculous prices per Kilobyte? Yep.
  • is the WiMax kit EVER likely to haemorrhage from your laptop (see pic below on the PC-Prolapse in question) in a fashion that makes decapitation a certainty, or insists on tripping innocent Gin 'n Tonics when placed on the bar? Nope.

The tricks that WiMax have, that 3G don't, are versatility and penetration. Sure, when it kicks off, WiMax connection is going to cost, but as we have seen with WiFi, it won't be long before alternative cost-models (those more friendly to end-user pockets) bubble to the surface.

From there, it is a short skip-and-a-hope to a mobile-enabled version, making streaming to WiMaxiPods and stereoMobiles a reality, thus changing the cost models for Music and other content Providers, and finally, World Domination.


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