To clarify the situation, a new SearchTelecom.com workshop, Wireless Broadband: Meeting demand, choosing technology is fast becoming one of those guides that no telecom operator can be without. In three well-chosen articles and a podcast, 4G expert Tom Nolle (long-time consultant to the telecom industry) looks at the essential similarities and differences between WiMAX and LTE and discusses which one you should consider, for what purpose and why.
Of course it's not simple. The standards were developed by different groups with different missions, although they do many of the same things. And each operator has unique network needs affected by geography, customer-base and service plans.
Then there's voice – the last gen, highly profitable, old standby service. Voice
over LTE isn't your grandfather's Ma Bell network, however, and how to best provide a
high-quality voice service is an issue getting bigger every day. After all these years, who knew
that voice would be a complicating factor in the technological march forward. It's a small world
This was first published in May 2009