The first generation of WiMax devices have just started to trickle out to the world. The buzz around the HTC Evo is due (in large part) to the fact that it can act as a 4G WiMax hotspot for up to five devices. However, the age of WiMax has not yet arrived. And, if this press release from IDC is ccorrect, it never will.
New research from the International Data Corporation shows that more than a dozen new LTE networks are ready to go live this year. By the end of 2011, they expect spending on LTE to eclipse spending on WiMax. Worldwide LTE are expected to be just a hair under $8 billion by the end of 2014.
While studies like this showcase the divide between WiMax and LTE, some figures in the industry, believe they could have a unified future. Bill Morrow, Clearewire's CEO, believes that the two could join together as one “big happy family”. Verizon's CTO disagrees, and believes that LTE is the future.
9 out of 10 of the largest mobile carriers support LTE. While both technologies are not enormously different in function, the divide between them is becoming increasingly crystallized. The tech industry moves too fast and switches directions too wildly for any hard predictions...but the future of WiMax doesn't look so good right now, from where I'm standing.
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