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Motorola announces WiMAX hardware

Motorola announces WiMAX hardware

'Faster than your average bear' would have been a better caption.

With Motorola's phone business struggling more than it ever has these days, it's looking to turn its not inconsiderable gadgetry expertise in a new direction – WiMAX networking.

The company has announced that it is to start production of a WiMAX modem/router called the CPEi 750. Featuring a single data port and two voice-over-IP ports and supporting both the 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz versions of WiMAX the router is designed for connecting home users to a metropolitan area network based around the wireless last-mile service. Okay, so there aren't actually any large-scale WiMAX deployments in this country yet, but it's reassuring to know that should the technology take off we'll be covered for hardware.

For the road warrior – a user far more likely to need a wireless connection like WiMAX than a home user tied to a desk – the company has announced the PCCw (again, presumably standing for PC Card wireless – Motorola seriously need to up the imagination quotient when naming these things) 200 PC Card for laptops. Again supporting both the 2.5GHz and 3GHz bands the card will – in theory – offer global roaming. Sadly, Motorola can only name ten fully-operational deployments its currently engaged in, with most of those situated in the Far East.

I'm personally hoping that WiMAX – or at the very least a similar wireless broadband technology – takes off, as 3G connections are patchy and expensive and my Eee cries out for on-the-go browsing.

A case of 'build it and they will come', or is Motorola betting on the wrong horse? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Woodstock 8th February 2008, 12:37 Quote
faster then your average fast, whoever come up with that slogan needs to be fired
hughwi 8th February 2008, 12:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Woodstock
faster then your average fast, whoever come up with that slogan needs to be fired

even your mis-quote is better than their official line! hehe, if i were motorola, i would hire you! seriously, where do they think they are going with this?
chrisb2e9 8th February 2008, 14:31 Quote
wimax is starting where i live. expensive though.
Krikkit 8th February 2008, 14:34 Quote
Motorola's not making phones anymore? It looks like they've got a fairly extensive line atm...
liratheal 8th February 2008, 14:45 Quote
If it comes to fruition, in that WiMAX overtakes 3G, I can see my car suddenly gaining a WiMAX ariel..
Tim S 8th February 2008, 16:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Motorola's not making phones anymore? It looks like they've got a fairly extensive line atm...

I've not been involved in the news this morning as I was out looking at offices and in meetings finalising the details for this, but I can say that no, they're definitely not leaving the mobile phone industry just yet - this link is pretty conclusive: http://www.motorola.com/consumer/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=e4498e22a0b2b010VgnVCM1000008206b00aRCRD

They dropped from #2 to #3 in the world after handset sales dropped by 38 percent last year and the CEO is now overseeing the business himself. I reckon they might sell it off eventually though...

Sorry for any confusion - I have updated the story!
HourBeforeDawn 8th February 2008, 17:14 Quote
ya Im looking forward to WiMax here in the states but it will probably be at the end of the year before I see it in my area :(
Cupboard 8th February 2008, 19:38 Quote
I don't know how widespread Now is but there is coverage at our school which a lot of people use to bypass the silly school internet.

Its a good system, though for some reason it takes a few hours from the box having been moved to the internet being back at full speed.
Nictron 9th February 2008, 07:07 Quote
WiMax is also a big thing here in South Africa because it is so much cheaper and easier to implement for the last mile. But everyone has been dabbling around it and nothing special has happened. I can only dream I suppose!
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