Monday, June 26, 2006

Broadband Wireless

Daily Wireless has a big post up about WiMAX and broadband wireless.

From the post:

"WiFi at 2.4 GHz is a global phenomena. Client cards used to cost $600 -- now they're $20. One year from now dual mode WiFi/Mobile WiMAX cards will be available on mini-PCI cards for laptops. Two years from now it's expected to be integrated onto SD cards, PDAs and cell phones. WiMAX at 5.8 GHz will first be used for backhaul. In 3-4 years, Mobile WiMAX, at 5.8 GHz, could evolve into a last mile solution.

Perhaps in 3 years the 2.4 GHz radios currently being mounted on lightpoles will be replaced with dual-band 2.4/5.8GHz WiFi/WiMAX radios. By then, license-free 5.8 GHz WiMAX might supply similar range with faster speeds. Dual (or triple) band phones may provide low-cost roaming. Unless cable companies get there first."

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