The Economist writes:

Even as mobile operators start to upgrade their networks to the latest enhanced third-generation (3G) equipment, WiMax boosters say their technology is superior. Now that WiMax networks are starting to pop up around the world, the industry will soon find out if they are right.

A survey by Pyramid Research, a consultancy, found that 78% of telecoms operators are considering an investment in WiMax this year. More than 200 operators around the world are preparing to deploy WiMax or have begun trials, says TeleGeography, a market-research firm. The few previous WiMax deployments provided a poor test, since they used an early variant of the technology that works only with stationary devices; but now mobile WiMax standards have been agreed and the first products will soon be available.

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