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July 2008 Blog Posts (20)

SPRINT quits Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance- negative impact on merging WiMAX and LTE

The major wireless network operators are determined to ensure that future broadband wireless technologies are optimized for their commercial needs. The most powerful body coordinating the operators' activities is the NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance. It numbers 18 carrier members and works with a wide range of other bodies. When it was first formed, it seemed to be a force for unity across the industry, able to support more than one access network technology, and bring… Continue

Added by Alan J Weissberger on July 30, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

An Unhealthy Industry: Telecom reports indicate continued contraction in revenues and growth

Having just analyzed recent reports from telecom companies, we conclude that the telecom recession/ depression continues. Revenues are falling way short of expectation, growth is limited to mobile data, and profits are miniscule with the exception of Verizon (VZ). But even at VZ, the growth seems to be coming almost entirely from new wireless data services for mobile subscribers, while customer installations for FiOS seem to be stalling (despite the huge build-out cost and heavy promotion).… Continue

Added by Alan J Weissberger on July 29, 2008 at 7:17pm — 3 Comments

WiMax Empire Poses Continual Threat to AT&T Network

AT&T (NYSE: T) Phone Company is once again challenging the merger of Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) with Clearwire (NYSE: CLWR), whose aim is to merge both companies' WiMax assets in order to create a nationwide broadband wireless network.

This merger would be huge for Wimax, estimating a deal worth 14. 5 billion… Continue

Added by Ari Zoldan on July 29, 2008 at 4:31pm — 1 Comment

Will FCC Approve New Clearwire organization? ATT against it; WCA endorsed the deal

Will this deal get done with ATT against it, while WCA endorses it?

AT&T asks FCC to deny Sprint-Clearwire merger

AT&T has asked the FCC to deny the planned merger between Sprint Nextel's WiMAX business and Clearwire. The operator, which has the largest subscriber base in the U.S., argued that the venture would eventually use spectrum leased from schools, cities and nonprofits and that the spectrum hasn't been fully accounted for in the proposed merger.… Continue

Added by Alan J Weissberger on July 27, 2008 at 4:53pm — No Comments

AT&T Challenges Clearwire-Sprint Merger

As we predicted in our Sidecut Report on WiMax, the "new" Clearwire deal, with its heavy-hitter lineup of investors and their $3.2 billion in capital, was sure to attract the attention of the big telcos, namely AT&T and Verizon. In our predictions we guessed that the big telcos would turn up the heat on Clearwire any way they could, and today it looks like we were right since AT&T… Continue

Added by Paul Kapustka on July 25, 2008 at 5:07pm — 2 Comments

Investor Wanted fo WiMax

We are working with government issued license and looking for investors to start our project for deploying this new technology standard in South East Asia. We are allowed to share profit by the government with the investor(s).

Since this is a very attractive project and win-win situation for all parties, we are finding the right investors for us.

If you find this interesting please email or call us to discuss the matter and/or let us know where we should contact for… Continue

Added by Md. S Islam on July 20, 2008 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

WiMax Vendor Soma Scores $51 M

Too late to call the company for more info, but we did want to note that San Francisco WiMax gear vendor Soma Networks announced Friday that it had secured a new $51 million round of financing, from investors including Daiwa Securities Group, Ridgeway Capital Partners and others.

Soma, whose executives we interviewed as part of our Sidecut Report on WiMax, had… Continue

Added by Paul Kapustka on July 19, 2008 at 1:27am — No Comments

Will accelerating Internet traffic growth produce a bandwidth famine?

This article examines the potential Internet collapse due to the increasing amounts of bandwidth being consumed by video apps and not enough fiber deployment by the telcos. But what about the last mile? Will WiMAX used for fixed BWA be a potential solution to the access bandwidth bottleneck?


Added by Alan J Weissberger on July 16, 2008 at 11:37pm — No Comments

The Sidecut Interview: Clearwire CEO Ben Wolff

Even though he's busy managing day-to-day operations for the "old" Clearwire as he also works on integration issues for the "new" Clearwire and its planned nationwide WiMax network, Clearwire CEO Ben Wolff still found time to talk to Sidecut Reports for a mid-summer update this week. In this edited transcript of our phone… Continue

Added by Paul Kapustka on July 15, 2008 at 4:36pm — 3 Comments

WiMax Update: Waiting for Intel Silicon; Xohm Looks to Sept. Launch; Clearwire Preps for Deal Close

It was sort of a perfect storm of WiMax information Monday, as an Intel Centrino2 briefing followed our personal interview with Clearwire CEO Ben Wolff, the latter for an update on the progress of the new Clearwire national WiMax network. While it will take a day or two for us to process all the info from our call with Ben… Continue

Added by Paul Kapustka on July 15, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

<i>WiMax Report Excerpt:</i> The WiMax TCO Advantage

After reading earlier this week about DigitalBridge's launch of Mobile WiMax services in Jackson Hole, Wyo., we decided it's a good time to give blog readers a taste of our… Continue

Added by Paul Kapustka on July 11, 2008 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Newport Digital Technologies to deploy Fixed and Mobile WiMAX across Italy

Newport Digital Technologies (NDT) announced an agreement to deploy fixed and mobile WiMAX base stations across Northern Italy. The customer will use infrastructure radios from Taiwan’s Institute of Information Industry (III) based on the 802.16-2004 and 802.16e-2005 standards. NDT had announced the Italian network plans in May as part of an announcement for WiMAX deployment on the islands of Fiji.

NDT is a subsidiary of International Food Products Group. The company also distributes… Continue

Added by Jeff Orr on July 11, 2008 at 6:17pm — No Comments

BWA market surpasses the 2 million subscriber mark

The broadband wireless access (BWA) market was rapidly approaching the two million subscriber mark at the end of March 2008, according to market research firm Maravedis. Subscribers to broadband wireless services grew over 260,000 during the first three months of the year, which would have seen the 2 million mark surpassed during the first week of April. The online service tracks BWA and WiMAX operators.

U.S. wireless ISP Clearwire remains the largest provider of BWA services in the… Continue

Added by Jeff Orr on July 11, 2008 at 6:15pm — No Comments

National University of Ireland, Maynooth launches mobile WiMAX network

National University of Ireland, Maynooth has selected Alcatel-Lucent to launch the first mobile WiMAX (802.16e-2005) network service in Ireland. The project is funded by the Centre for Telecommunications Value Chain Research (CTVR) and provides NUI Maynooth staff, 6,000 students and other Irish researchers “always-on” broadband services.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing the university with infrastructure base stations, access controllers, and an operation and maintenance center along with… Continue

Added by Jeff Orr on July 11, 2008 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Huawei announces 802.16e-2005 WiMAX wins in Pakistan and Malaysia

Huawei Technologies of China announced a pair of mobile WiMAX wins this week. The equipment manufacturer will supply 802.16e-2005 network infrastructure to Mobilink of Pakistan and Asiaspace of Malaysia. As a result of the new customer projects, Huawei claims 19 overseas commercial WiMAX contracts.

Mobilink is the largest GSM operator in Pakistan and a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom. The network will be deployed to central business districts and hot spots including the cities of… Continue

Added by Jeff Orr on July 11, 2008 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Germany’s rural Bavarian region to gain first broadband access using WiMAX

Proxim Wireless announced that telecommunications provider Televersa Online of Bavaria, Germany, has chosen the company’s Tsunami MP.16 WiMAX products to build its fixed WiMAX network. Televersa recently acquired a 3.5 GHz broadband wireless access license for the network. Televersa Online has already deployed proprietary Tsunami MP.11 multipoint base stations and subscriber units for its wireless "viaAIR" service.

Televersa Online was the first regional telephone company in South… Continue

Added by Jeff Orr on July 11, 2008 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Clearwire Testing WiMAX in Oregon with IDT Spectrum

The Sprint-Clearwire deal gave Clearwire undeniable credibility in WiMAX development, and the company is moving forward with the technology in a big way. Beta tests are underway in Portland, with “more than 70 percent of [the] WiMAX sites for Portland…in construction or on air.”…


Added by Ari Zoldan on July 11, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Apple App Store

The Apple App Store is now open. Apps at your fingertips for $9.99 a pop... some free.

In interviews with the New York Times and USA Today, Steve Jobs offered a few statistics:

* More than 500 programs

* 90% of them $9.99 or less

* 25% of them free

* One third of them games

In addition to games, the store is expected to offer lots of educational programs, mobile commerce and business productivity tools.

Of course the apps will run over… Continue

Added by Michael Wolleben on July 10, 2008 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Verizon Talk on WiMAX

Saw this posted on the Untrung.com website.


Verizon again has been saying the LTE is their 4G answer for wireless broadband and WiMAX is not ready for Prime Time. You can bet on more criticism from the large GSM companies on how WiMAX is destined for emerging backhaul applications only and its not a a true mobile technology. The WiMAX forum should hit this head on with a clear marketing message of WiMAX is here, WiMAX is… Continue

Added by Michael Wolleben on July 9, 2008 at 9:58am — 1 Comment

Maravedis WiMAX Counts Webinar + Roundup of related WiMAX market articles

You can read my summary report of this excellent Maravedis webinar at:


We also noted Pyramid Research tracking WiMAX in emerging market countries and researching WiMAX business models. If interested you need to register on their website: www.pyramidresearch.com

These Analyst Insights are excerpts from Pyramid Research's upcoming report WiMAX in Emerging Markets:… Continue

Added by Alan J Weissberger on July 9, 2008 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

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