If the logisticsor lack thereofat WiMAX World are any indication of how ready the technology is for prime time, then I say take the show on the road for another year or so.
When a trade show that is billed to run from Tuesday to Thursday opens its exhibit floor on Wednesday (and presumably starts tearing it down sometime Thursday), I take that as an indication that something is wrong.
Most people I talked to at the show today had the feeling they had arrived a day early.
Meetings that had been scheduled out of force of habiton the show floor had to be hastily rescheduled.
From my personal perspective, the problems ran even deeper. There was no Internet connection in the press room most of the day.
We were told that since the exhibits didn't open until Wednesday there would not be any Internet either. So there!
Luckily, I had the good sense to try my WiFi card. It worked. But that connection also slowed to a crawl as more and more people started using the pipe.
Maybe it was a demonstration of the bandwidth availability issues WiMAX is supposed to address.
Tomorrow is another day. Hope it is a better one. WiMAX the technology deserves a better fate.