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4G Networks: WiMax vs LTE Is Nokia Taking the Correct Decision?


The future in wireless networks, and successor of the 3G technology, is the 4G technology. With 4G technology, users will be able to increase internet speed on their phones and therefore achieve more with their phones. The name ”4G” itself is a category of technologies that deliver speeds over what the ITU (International Communication Union) defines as ”standard,” in the 4G’s case it is over 100 Mbit/s. But currently there are two technologies competing for the #1 position in 4G technologies, WiMax and LTE. In the USA, Sprint already adopted WiMax as their 4G technology; AT&T, Verizon and MetroPCS adopted LTE for their upcoming 4G networks. As far as Nokia is concerned, they adopted LTE rather than WiMax for their upcoming devices mostly because Nokia-Siemens Networks is part owner of the project. But is Nokia taking the right decision? WiMax will be available 2-3 years before LTE will even launch, in fact this year Sprint will launch WiMax 4G networks in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia and Seattle. LTE will see its first networks by 2015, but although LTE will take more to arrive, LTE is supported by more companies. What Nokia has to say is that ”LTE is like VHS and WiMax is like Betamax,” here is what Nokia’s head of sales said during a launching event ”I don’t think the future is very promising [for WiMax]. This is a classic example of industry standards clashing, and somebody comes out as the winner and somebody has to lose. Betamax was there for a long time, but VHS dominated the market. I see exactly the same thing happening here.”

Via: Washington Post