If you are one of those eagerly waiting for WiMAX, you might be interested to know that Motorola, the handset maker, has announced its own WiMAX chipset on Tuesday. In facts, plans are in the pipeline to start including WiMAX capabilities in mobile phones starting from next year.
Motorola said it plans to start delivering WiMAX-enabled handsets to carriers around the world in 2008. One such carrier is Sprint Nextel (S). The company's Xohm business unit is building with partner Clearwire a nationwide WiMAX network. Sprint has said it expects to have WiMAX available in about 30 U.S. metropolitan markets next year.Gary Koerper, VP of platform planning and systems architecture at Motorola, said in a statement:
With this chipset, Motorola has been able to redefine what is possible for WiMAX mobile devices, enabling a wider portfolio of devices, from voice-centric handsets to multimedia terminal.
According to Motorola, its chipset is designed to be compliant with WiMAX 802.16e standards. As you might expect, Motorola is gunning for the whole WiMAX deal, not just the client end. It is currently providing the WiMAX technology for 12 commercial infrastructure systems, as well as being involved in dozens of trials worldwide since late 2006.
The current challenger to WiMAX would come in the form of wireless carriers building out their cellular networks to 3G and beyond speeds. With Wireless N in the fray as well, 2008 might turn out to be a very interesting year indeed.
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.