T-Mobile calls WiMax "a niche play"

T-Mobile calls WiMax
T-Mobile USA has said that they aren't interested in their own WiMax network from Clearwire. Instead, they will wait for LTE until the time is right.

"We'll look towards LTE at the right point in time for us...That ecosystem is going to be much richer than the competing one from WiMax, which is really a niche play," said Neville Ray, Chief Network Officer for T-Mobile USA.

T-Mobile and Clearwire met recently, but nothing official came of it. Ray did say that they weren't completely ruling out WiMax, but his 'niche' comment now leads us to believe otherwise.

Neville went on to say that their HSPA+ network is already delivering speeds near those of current 4G networks: "We're not waiting for the technology choice, we have the right technology to deliver that experience today."

There is no word on when 4G will be available on T-Mobile. With WiMax from Sprint, and LTE from both Verizon and AT&T (in 2011), T-Mobile will have to add 4G service relatively soon to stay competitive.

source: Business Week via Electronista


1 Comment

1. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

At the rate of how fast mobile data is, within the next 2 years I don't think there will be a HUGE difference in terms of speeds even if T-Mobile doesn't go LTE right away. At the moment even without an HSPA+ phone you can get 5-6megs down in a Tmo HSPA+ area. I believe Sprint gets upwards of 6 megs as well. Once LTE comes out for Verizon and ATT, I'm sure HSPA+ and WiMax will still both be pretty competitive in terms of speed and realistically even if LTE is faster and you are looking at a difference between 30mbps vs 20mbps (just throwing some numbers out there), on a mobile phone you probably wouldn't notice a huge difference as opposed to older technology i.e. 3G vs Edge.

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