If US WiMAX outfit Clearwire, in many ways the poster child of the WiMAX industry, has announced a raft of cost saving measures on the back of disappointing financial results. The firm published its Q3 results this week, with losses for the quarter hitting $139.4m, compared to $82.4m for the same period in 2009. More worrying, the firm conceded that it has yet to sort out funding for its future evolution, hence the cutbacks
South African WiMAX provider Screamer Telecoms has had its offices raided and equipment confiscated by state communications regulator ICASA. The raid, which took place over the weekend, reportedly saw the seizure of WiMAX equipment from a number of the carrier’s sites, as well as a raid on the company’s offices in Centurion, Pretoria. ICASA said that the necessary police warrants had been used during the seizures. Screamer CEO Gavin Hart has, however, denied that any such raid took place and that the company is operating as usual.
In a telecoms market not noted for competition, Mexico’s MVS Communicaciones’ announcement of plans to invest $1bn in an LTE network as part of a consortium that includes Clearwire and Intel should, in theory, shake things up. The consortium would sell access to its network to a variety of local players, including its rivals, opening up a market that has been dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil.
Infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks has announced that it is to acquire “certain network infrastructure assets” from US competitor Motorola for $1.2bn. The Finnish-German joint venture said that it expects to gain new relationships with 50 wireless carriers and strengthen existing commercial ties as a result of the deal, which the two firms expect to close before the end fo 2010.
Next week, robots and people will flock to the UK’s De Montfort University in Leicester for the thirty-sixth annual convention for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB 2010). Alas, the Informer won’t be going, but he thinks it sounds like a fascinating programme, with more than a touch of science fiction about it, aiming to discuss innovations that people will think of as commonplace in 50 years time.
There may be some debate about the future of WiMAX in the telecoms market, but Motorola’s still flying the flag for the technology. The US firm said this week that it has shipped its two millionth WiMAX device, just five months after shipping its one millionth.
IP and core network equipment vendor Cisco has pulled the plug on its WiMAX base station operation, further highlighting the ill health of the sector.
Dominican broadband internet and pay TV provider Wind Telecom said Tuesday it has tapped Samsung to deliver a mobile WiMAX network in the Caribbean country. The Dominican Republic shares the small Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
Taiwanese operator Far EasTone (FET) this week launched its commercial WiMAX service in Taichung city, delivering entertainment focused content such as music and movies as well as wireless internet access.
The prospects for WiMAX seemed to have dimmed somewhat in the past couple of years as a result of the strong growth of HSPA, which is often seen as a rival to WiMAX, and a recession that has reduced the appetite for the spending necessary to build networks.
There seems to be a growing interest in mobile broadband hotspots, in the operator community at least, which may seem a little strange given the recent noise about femtocells and moving traffic off the macro network.
United Arab Emirates-based operator du has announced the launch of the first mobile WiMAX network in the Emirates.
Amid concerns that India’ auction of 3G spectrum may be delayed yet again, the WiMAX Forum has said that every six months of delay in the process results in $1bn in lost revenues for the country.
Google-backed mobile operating system Android has been given a boost in the mobile WiMAX space due to a partnership between D2 Technologies, Beceem Communications and ECS.