GigaOM » WhyMAX?

The day is approaching where average consumers will want a true web-browsing Internet-style experience on mobile devices. It might not be anytime soon, but it’s coming nonetheless. For wireless carriers who are now trying to get subscribers to access mobile data over 3G it is both a blessing and a curse — as many have pointed out too many subscribers that might tune into (and upload video to) a truly-mobile YouTube on cell phones could clog a 3G network pretty fast.

What does that mean? Carriers have to upgrade their networks, and are now making the tough and expensive decisions about which way to turn for 4G (I know, it seems like we just got to 3G!). Does a carrier keep upgrading its 3G network and aim for what the telco world calls “long term evolution” (LTE) — 4G network technology from the cellular world which is many years from prime time? Or do carriers start building alternative data-specific networks with technology like mobile WiMAX that is available now?

GigaOM » WhyMAX?


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