Speed is of the essence.
I've forgotten who first uttered these immortal words but they are certainly true in the race to market dominance in the wireless communications world.
When Korea's KT and SK Telecom first announced WiBro, it was thought to be a technology for the domestic market only. It filled the gap between wired broadband and mobile phone data services.
But WiBro has built-in compatibility with mobile WiMAX (802.16e) and this, coupled with already-designed terminals and network equipment, makes it a de factor competitor for the WiMAX global market.
In case you are dubious, WiBro is already trying to expand globally with Japanese, South East Asian and U.S. service operators conducting trials.
So, wither WiMAX? Is it destined for the same fate as Sony BetaMax? Or, will the WiMAX community regroup in time to make it the global choice for wireless broadband?
If you have an opinion, go to our WiMAX forum page and make yourself heard.
ABI Research's recent study, The WiBro Rollout and its Worldwide Implications, provides additional information if you're interested. Find it at WiBro Rollout.