It looks like WiMAX’s chances of survival in the US are growing ever-slimmer. FierceWireless posted an article, recently, on Time Warner’s cool assessment of Clearwire; according to the article, Time Warner execs said their experience with the WiMAX company was “not very impressive and pretty inconclusive.” Time Warner has a slim 15,000 4G subscribers.
Time Warner is one of several companies invested in Clearwire, a conglomerate owned primarily by Sprint Nextel, with a 54 percent stake in the company. Clearwire is on unsteady financial ground and still seeks funding to complete the rollout of its WiMAX network. Clearwire is WiMAX’s largest proponent in the US and if it collapses, WiMAX in the US might go with it.
The other major US telecoms have chosen LTE to move into the 4G realm. Verizon is avidly pushing their LTE network and AT&T relies on both LTE and HSPA+, the psuedo-4G. Even T-Mobile, who has forever been presenting their HSPA+ as 4G technology, announced recently that they’re hoping to build an LTE network in the coming years. In fact, there’s been talk of T-Mobile purchasing spectrum space from the struggling Clearwire, one of the WiMAX company’s plans to raise capital.
Three out of four of the major US carriers have chosen LTE and the one WiMAX holdout is shaky at best. Around the world, LTE is also burgeoning. China has allowed companies to test TD-LTE over the next eighteen months and Russia is working hard at bringing LTE into the country. It’s possible that the measures are beginning to slide ever so slightly. WiMAX may have gotten there first, but it seems that slow and steady will win this race.… Read the rest