Sprint projects that by the end of this year it will be running test WiMax services in Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, DC. It expects that by the end of 2008 it will be able to have a footprint to cover 100 Million people. This doesn’t mean that 100 million people will subscribe of course.
Sprint’s press release reads These services will be available in a variety of WiMAX embedded devices, including connection cards, stand-alone modems, laptop computers and consumer electronic devices such as personal media players, mobile Internet devices, gaming devices and phones. Eventually, the WiMAX service will be available in vehicles for navigation information, news and entertainment.
Sprint and its partner Clearwire will work to build this network. Working with Google, as a start, and other content providers Sprint will enable WiMax enhanced communications.
Why is this important to you?
In the same way that WiFi is now commonplace, it’s important that are are highly aware of the advances in mobile and wireless technology.
Every time a new evolution of technology sees the light of day, it’s adoption of users is faster than the technology preceding it. Think of how long it took for fax machines to be “everywhere”. Now consider how long it took for “email” to be everywhere. I don’t the figures, but there are differences.
Like any technology there are the very early adopters who use the technology with all its pain points, before anyone else, but once this “hump” is cross it’s a roller coaster ride downhill for adoption. Online video. VOIP. Web Sites.
My suggestion, if mobile and wireless technology are critical to your business – is that you not latch on to WiMax the first day it is widely available to customers. However, I highly suggest that are begin to test it, explore it and see how it could be adopted for your business.
Are you overwhelmed? This is what a local technology consultant is for. To help guide you in how to best use technology to grow your business. From core technologies like network security and email, to more advanced technology. Like WiMax.
Read more about WiMax here. It’s faster than WiFi and has a longer range.