The Red Herring
writes, "While the communications industry has been waiting on a WiMAX standard for over a year, and companies have been worrying over the technology's place in the wireless world, AT&T is one of the biggest carriers around willing to envision a WiMAX future." The article explains that AT&T will be using the new "Rosedale" chipset from Intel to launch a small business-based WiMAX trial in Middletown, New Jersey, during May.
AT&T believes that WiMAX could very well compete with 3G and fiber. "Though the company has no plans to create a WiMAX offering for consumers, the technology’s higher speeds, an up to 70-mile range, and competitive low-priced roll-out costs could prove tempting even outside of the enterprise world."
AT&T will be looking at offering WiMAX based services to businesses in 2006. The offering would include "a new and advanced level of services for voice, data, and video and multimedia-type applications."
The article features a question and answer session with the CTO, Hossein Eslambolchi, of AT&T. Some of the questions include AT&T’s WiMAX plans, the potential of WiMAX to compete with fiber and 3G cellular networks, and how the various services will blend once the SBC merger is finalized.
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