WiMAX rolls into town



WiMAX rolls into town
WiMAX World will be held this Wednesday and Thursday (with pre-conference tracks Tuesday) at the sprawling McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. I can't think of a worse place to have this show, even though it will make it much easier for me, a Chicagoan, to attend. That's not because the show is bad; in fact, the event and the market are having their finest hour. It's only because, as attendees of June's NXTcomm trade show can attest, McCormick Place is as big and confusing and unnecessarily difficult to get to, and through, as the airport most of you will fly into to attend the show.

I'll be filing at least a couple reports this week from WiMAX World that you'll be able to read at FierceTelecom and our sister publications. While it might seem somewhat off the topic for a publication covering the industry from a wireline angle, nothing could be further from the truth. Before Sprint Nextel became the champion the WiMAX ecosystem had been dreaming of, telcos around the world were already looking at the technology as an eventual step in their broadband evolutions.

One of the highlights of the show this week should be a live demonstration network set up by Motorola in Chicago. This Chicago Tribune story provides a preview. Hope to see you at the show. - Dan

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