I guess it's time I weigh in on the Sprint-Nextel decision to deploy WiMAX. It seems as if everyone with an opinion has already done so.
Unlike many industry insiders, I think it's a good decision. With Intel's help, it'll get Sprint-Nextel to market more quickly with a high-speed mobile network. Sprint-Nextel says it'll deploy equipment from Motorola and Samsung, as well as Intel to provide 4G wireless broadband services in the U.S. (see www2.sprint.com/mr/news_dtl.do?id=12960).
Waiting for an HSDPA/HSUPA alternative might have been a better solution in the long term, but the WiMAX option certainly seems to be the better short-term alternative. And with technologies changing so rapidly in the handset space, it's difficult to place your bet on anything connected to "long term." In addition, with the current deployment of WiBro, a close relative of WiMAX, in Korea, Sprint-Nextel has some real-life experiences they can take advantage of.
As you would expect, the WiMAX Forum is applauding the Sprint-Nextel decision. The vendors associated with the Forum have been chomping at the bit waiting for this public announcement.
Only time will tell whether it was the right decision.