On October 8, 2008 Intel and Sprint Nextel will roll out WiMax live starting in Baltimore, MD. Though some of the major computer builders have stated that upcoming models will support WiMax, it will take some time to see exactly how WiMax will be accepted in the market place. Intel will be introducing chipsets that will be WiMax and WiFi compatible. These new chipsets will be available in new models bein introduced soon.
In a statement from C/Net news, it also states:
U.S.-based mobile WiMax differs from Wi-Fi in that it is intended as a truly mobile technology that can be used, for example, while traveling in a car, just as cell phones are used. The target market–at least initially–is not cell phones, however. “We’re thinking beyond the cell phone,” said a Sprint spokesperson.
And laptop suppliers have indicated in the past that they will bring out WiMax-capable machines. Dell, Sony, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Toshiba have all indicated in the past that WiMax products will be forthcoming.
“There are several notebook vendors that are going through a certification process to get the notebooks certified on the network. Information about that will be made public on October 8,” the Sprint spokesperson said.
“Probably in October there will be several (manufacturers) that have laptops with (Intel’s) Centrino Wi-Fi/WiMax card in them,” said a source familiar with the companies’ plans.
Analysts–the skeptics that they are–have their doubts about the momentum behind WiMax. “It was supposed to be a crossover device market. Devices with 4- or 5-inch screen sizes. The number of (those) devices we were supposed to see by now simply hasn’t materialized,” said Tero Kuittinen, wireless analyst at Global Crown Capital.
So it would appear that WiMax may be coming to a city near you soon. Would you be interested in a WiMax device once it became available? Let us know.