Francisco De Jesús, August 19,2010
The old continent has begun to develop of the global wireless ecosystem earlier that in this side of the ocean, thinking precislely that one day all will be wireless connected. Their vision of bringing all the mobiles and other services full and easy connected between continets where ever you are in or working with is getting support of the major network carriers around the globe. Lets make an analysis of this a little according to goinglte.com:
With the emergence of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the 4G wireless world, several companies such as Intel will have to decide whether or not to continue relying on WiMax. Many mobile phone networks that Intel works in conjunction with will be using LTE rather than WiMax. Intel has unfortunately put “all eggs in one basket”, by investing over one billion dollars in WiMax technologies. Currently, Intel has closed WiMax offices in Taiwan, but the company insists that they are not dropping the technology, rather they plan to undergo development and support in both WiMax and LTE. Alternatively, many network operators such as Sprint Nextel have recently decided to take the leap and begin investing in LTE. This will be a big setback for WiMax, as Sprint had been one of its top investors. Additionally, many Indian based companies (such as Reliance Industries) have declared their willingness to drop WiMax in exchange for LTE. Looks like WiMax has been served with the kiss of death? Think again. Julie Coppernoll, Director of WiMax at Sprint, insists that the two technologies can persevere alongside each other, and that there is little reason to believe one must exist over the other. Phil Kendall, wireless analyst at Strategy Analytics, asserts that the market is big enough for both to survive. However, from here on, WiMax will need to step up their game; as they will no longer be the solewireless provider.
Let’s get to what consumers will want to know at the end of the day: What’s the deal with LTE and WiMax, and which one is better?
Speed: Both standards offer the same speed, up to 10 megabits per second. Even.
Cost: WiMax wins this one. Their license fees have generally been more economical. In developing markets with sparse telecom infrastructure, WiMax will definitely be a cheaper alternative over fixed wireless connections.
Technology: Not much of a difference. An even match.
Seniority: Wimax emerged into the market earlier than LTE, but just because they have been in existence for a longer period of time does not guarantee the ability to get the job accomplished in a superior manner. This one is a wash.
Prominence: LTE clients include Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent. Not bad. If market leaders are invested in it, others might be influenced to do so as well. Also, wireless network operators might be swayed to switch to LTE if device producers such as Nokia and Sony do not support WiMax. Before we peg WiMax as a pity case, let’s keep in mind that it has been deployed in 500 networks in 147 countries. WiMax technology will also be used for new laptops and netbooks. An even match once again.
Economies of Scale: LTE
There you have the facts. It appears that neither is superior to the other. However, stay tuned to see how events play out as LTE becomes further developed and deployed; and if the wireless 4G market changes.