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The rise and fall of WiMax! What went wrong? How did companies like Intel and Sprint couldn't see that coming?
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Babak Jafarian
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Answered Wed 07 Dec 2011, at 01:29PM

WiMAX initiated for a "fixed wireless" solution and not really mobile. Just put antennas on top of rooftops and use it as a competoitor to DSL, cable modem, ... internet at offices, home. Solid business model and no competiotion to real mobile world. But people like Intel try to push it to open the door into mobile world by introducing mobility. And you know the rest; mobile world follow their path of evolution (which was LTE) and rest is history. Now to answer your second question; Intel burned billions of dollars to enter a new market which it is not involved (mobile); still it is nothing fo (more)

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Answered Wed 07 Dec 2011, at 03:32PM

1. Opposition of players in GSM/WCDMA camp (Ericsson, Qualcomm, etc.).
2. Slow development of the Mobile WiMAX standard, and late inclusion of FDD profiles gave opponents a way of attacking it.
3. Inclusion (although it was 2 years late) of a TDD mode in LTE, matching the WiMAX capability.
4. Fear of being left alone, while the world converged upon a single standard (LTE) caused major operators to take the "safe bet", even if it was slower to market.
5. The costs of transitions from WiMAX to LTE grew progressively lower, making it easier for WiMAX incumbents to switch to LTE.
6. The ability of (more)

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