Ralf Haller July 25, 2009
Hot off the press: Ericsson buys the CDMA and LTE business in NA from Nortel for 1.1 bln USD. While NSN lost out in this deal it is Motorola and (Alcatel)-Lucent who will not like this at all. Ericsson will double its revenue in NA with this deal and also buy a profitable business.
As we have seen at the Mobile Wireless event in Barcelona, Nortel’s LTE development was quite advanced, having been able to leverage its WiMAX technology (shares OFDM with LTE) to gain a lead I think. Their LTE system was showcased jointly with LG and T-Mobile. See our videos on this as well.
Funny side note: we did this video by simply walking around and cost us zero. Goal was to be as authentic as possible. T-Mobile had their Marcom department run a very expensive video with professional graphic animations on this as well but got only double the viewers (3000) that we did (1500). This is how the social web works, it us all about being authentic. Next year we plan to invest a little more than zero, but then strive for 10-100x the viewers: stay tuned.
Ralf Haller August 29, 2008
It has been a while since I talked about WiMAX. I guess this reflects the reality of its slower than expected rollout in the US primarily due to its prime backer Sprint’s troubles. But now I came across a few interviews and announcements that look quite promising. Sprint is rolling out WiMAX large-scale finally starting with Baltimore in September and then have Chicago and Washington follow in Q4 and other cities in 2009. There are many other regional players who were faster with rolling out their WiMAX services but Sprint will be the first doing that on a really large scale.
Ah and take a look at this embedded video which is an interview with Sprint’s operations manager for WiMAX. This sounds now finally like the right thing to do. I would expect if they build the network well, even an Apple iPhone or a Google Android phone could offer WiMAX built some time in 2009. That would rock the market and be far ahead of LTE for sure… As I mentioned some time ago the WiMAX vs. LTE race is on. It is a slower than expected one but speed will catch up in 2009, and LTE is far from seeing any commercial deployments yet it seems.