alvarion2

on January 30, 2013  




WiMAX continues to lose it’s battles, this time it is to WiFi.

Alvarion, known to be the most extensive customer in WiMAX, has turned its attention to WiFi and is in the talks to sell its now former partner, WiMAX. According to the Globes, the Israeli company plans to sell its WiMAX unit to Fortissimo Capital, a private equity fund which is controlled by Yuval Cohen. There was also an interest in the WiMAX by a firm in India as well as a U.S. investment fund, however Fortissimo Capital is the only active plan as of now.

The news should come as no surprise for Alvarion had announced its plans for WiMAX, including the possibility of a sale last fall. Not to mention, it’s a reminder of how WiMAX, which was once an equal alternative to Long Term Evolution, is now loosing to LTE. Even at it’s height, WiMAX had failed to make the transition into the mobile broadband space, led by Intel and Samsung. For Alvarion, sale of its WiMAX systems grew too slowly to drive expansion. But the actual fall of WiMAX came when it lost the race to remain the provider of 4G technology to LTE, causing Alvarion to lose resources to either escape or upgrade to LTE, leaving two options: DAS or WiFi, to which it chose WiFi.

Analysts hope that Fortissimo could boost the WiMAX unit by merging it with its own Telrad Networks subsidiary. However, this may not work, since Telrad hasn’t been doing too well either. Still, it doesn’t hurt to keep fingers cross.

 

wimax

on December 19, 2012  




 

Although WiMAX has gained some momentum in Africa and the Middle East, it continues to lose fuel in the U.S.

Earlier this month, AT&T announced their discontinuation with their WiMAX through high speed Internet. Starting January 2013, customers whom have been using WiMAX via high speed Internet will have to find an alternative service. The top cellular company in the nation will stop offering WiMAX to new customers come March 30. The sudden abandonment is due to AT&T desire to focus more on wireless broadband services, such as Long Term Evolution technology.  In light of this change, AT&T is gaining new share plans for their mobile devices as well as Mobile Hot Spot and other compatible USB modem devices.

However, AT&T was not the first network to drop WiMAX.  The fall of WiMAX started with Verizon Wireless and their victory over Clearwire, an Internet WiMAX provider that serviced at least 42% subscribers with their 4G LTE. In a similar vein, Clearwire has recently turned on WiMAX as well, making a deal for Sprint to take over with LTESprint had once been a WiMAX provider but the provider unfortunately experienced a serious loss due to obtaining WiMAX. Now it is taking up LTE in hopes it can recover.

On a lighter note, there is some hope for WiMAX in the U.S. with FreedomPop, a recently launched home internet service provider where customers can use their service for free or as low as $10 per month, depending on the amount of data they use. FreedomPop seeks to replace cable modem with free or low costing WiMAX service using the FreedomPop Hub Burst. The Burst is a router in which you can connect 10 devices at once to it using WiFi or Ethernet cables. Not to mention, Moldova, an Eastern European country, announced last week that it would be accepting applications for WiMAX licenses.

WiMAX may be losing fuel in the U.S., but there is still hope for a comeback.… Read the rest

wimax2

on November 29, 2012  




Despite the fact that WiMAX is losing it’s “cool” to 4G LTE, it continues to thrive across Africa and the Middle East.

Alvarion, WiMAX’s most faithful provider with an extensive customer base and over 250 commercial deployments worldwide, has announced that their long term customer, ETI, an internet provider in Africa, will use the 4Motion 802.16e WiMAX gear in order to expand its 2.5 GHz broadband network from the capital city, Conakry, to the entire country of Guinea.

Earlier this month, Alvarion had announced a $2 million contract with the Internet Technologies Group (ITG) of Africa. ITG Namibia replaced an older 802.16d network with Alvarion’s 4Motion equipment in the 2.5 GHz band, providing service for the capital city of Windhoek as well as Oshakati and Namibia’s largest commercial port city, Walvis Bay. ITG Angola will also deploy Alvarion’s 4Motion 802.16e gear in the 3.5 GHz band.

However, these are not the only cities to benefit from this upgrade. Additional cities highlighted in terms of deployment include Luanda, Lobito, Benguela, and Lubango. ITG Zambia plans to release Alvarion’s BreezeCompact solution, TD-LTE advanced software-defined radio platform for 802.16e service. It is to be deployed in the 3.5 GHz band, covering the capital Lusaka as well as Ndola and Kitwe, two of Zambia’s largest cities.

But Africa is not the only place that is experiencing WiMAX fever. WiMAX is spreading throughout the Middle East as well. Just last week, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) offered WiMAX licenses to three operators: Neda Telecom, IO Global, and Arianna Network Services. MCIT hopes that this deal will expand Internet access to 80% of Afghanistan’s population in two years.

Similarly, Yemen’s Public Telecommunication Corporation (PTC) has launched a WiMAX network in hopes that it will cover Sana’a and Aden through 28 tower stations.

Although it may seem like WiMAX is fighting a losing battle with 4G LTE, it can not be denied that WiMAX is gaining strength in Africa and the Middle Eastern regions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FreedomPop

on November 26, 2012  




FreedomPop, a wireless broadband service provider, launched its BETA in 2011. The company transmits its 4G service from Clearwire’s WiMAX Network but hopes to make the move to Sprint’s LTE network in 2013.

Though the company is new, it did not take them long to grab the attention of media behemoths such as Bloomberg, Businessweek, and The Wall Street Journal. This is because FreedomPop offers customers 500MB of data per month for free along with their chosen medium- the Freedom Spot, Freedom Stick (USB), iPhone case or iPod case, making it an interesting change from the usual service providers:

i. The Freedom Spot is a square- shaped tiny device that transforms into a Wi-Fi hotspot capable of serving up to 8 devices at the same time

ii. The Freedom Stick is a USB dongle that provides you with internet service when connected to a PC

iii. The iPhone case acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot, case and charger, giving you protection and longer battery life

iv.  The iPod case (iPod Touch 4G Sleeve Rocket) was launched just a few weeks ago and functions as a case and Wi-Fi hotspot

Therefore, how does one acquire Freedom service? First, FreedomPop requires subscribers to pay a fully refundable deposit, the amount depending on the medium chosen, but this is said to be essentially a free service with no cost and/or billing.  However, there is a catch. For usage of the Freedom Spot, there is a deposit of $89, for the Freedom Stick a $49 cost, and the iPhone and iPod cases, respectably, price at $99 each. Furthermore, anyone in the U.S. is eligible for FreedomPop’s service, though the number of customers they can accommodate is limited—for now—and the service might not be available in every state.

Also, for proficient users who feel that 500MB is really just not enough, you can sign up for additional services. For instance, at $3 a month you can be granted access to the company’s full mobile speeds, at $18 you can get 2GB of data and at $29 you can receive 4GB.

Additionally, users on the free plan who surpass the 500MB limit are charged $20 for every subsequent gigabyte used and, for regular paying customers who do so, the charge is $10. On the contrary, there are subsidies for heavy data users at risk of doing so each month.

In response to these regulations, the … Read the rest

3D

on October 2, 2012  




Intel and Nokia open up their first laboratory together where the two will work on creating 3D mobile technologies

wimax2

on October 1, 2012  




WiMAX is introducing its latest version which offers greater speed and a whole bunch of other updated features to make your experience a better one!

4G2

on September 28, 2012  




The Latest 4G Tablets are equipped with a whole set of new features that leave those before them in the dust. Interested?Come check out what they are!

s2

on September 27, 2012  




Samsung Galaxy S2 chose WiMAX as it’s 4G network and the two are a perfect for each other!Read this article and find out exactly why they are!

clearwire

on September 21, 2012  




Clearwire and Earthlink announce new partnership in Press Release, Earthlink will be using WiMAX as it’s wireless server as it joins the 4G world.

IPhone5

on September 14, 2012  




The new iPhone5 reveals that chose LTE over WiMAX for it’s 4G provider