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Wireless Utopia

The journey towards a free wireless world.

QC vs Sprint

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Ars Techicna points us to another big patent battle for QC: on OFDMA patents this time. Sprint Nextel has till now not heeded to QC's claims that it holds key patents for the technology around which WiMAX (and all forthcoming 4G one's) is built upon. QC has a good war chest for these kind of situations and will be more than willing to go the whole hog. Going by historical data, it might just win. That will be one big blow to WiMAX.

The other interesting point to note is the sour relations between Sprint Nextel and QC. Sprint is one of two big CDMA based carriers in US and they both were partners at one point of time. Legend has it that Sprint's EVDO network was all because of a short trip to San Deigo. Things started to go bad when Sprint decided to go for WiMAX for its 2.5 GHz spectrum. QC had pitched for Flash OFDM.
QC it seems is still looking for its pound of flesh.

Tags: WiMAX, Qualcomm, Sprint Nextel, Patents, OFDM, 4G.
posted by Rajiv, 10:50 PM | link | 2 comments |

VSNL's Enterprise WiMAX

Friday, June 01, 2007

A news worth noting: the first commercial launch of WiMAX in India. Not much information available about the tarrifs, but it would be similar to a leased line connection, around Rs. 2 Lakhs per year. Strangely although the news media is reporting it, there is no mention of it on the website. Since VSNL's been owned by Tata's now, that is a bit surprising. Or it might be just intentional!

Its up to the market now to validate this new kid on the block. Lets see how far it goes.

Tags: WiMAX, VSNL, Enterprise Broadband, India.
posted by Rajiv, 7:33 AM | link | 5 comments |