What a load of WiMax!

Thanks to the Interesting People email list for flaging this article called World Domination Postponed in The Economist.

Key points:

  • Whilst many companies claim that they offer WiMax kit, you can’t buy it. There are no devices certified by the WiMax Forum, the guiding industry body. (Though I have heard of it being used for ad-hoc military networks)
  • WiMax kit will only start appearing at the end of the year at the earliest
  • Early WiMax access devices (which must be fixed to the outside of a building) will cost around $500; I can see there being a busy trade in stolen devices
  • Intel reckons that the market for ubiquitous WiMax devices could be worth some 50 billion USD per annum globally