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  • sanddollars586 sanddollars586 Jul 9, 2009 9:00 AM Flag

    Has Intel Moved Past CLWR?

    CLWR observers will note that for the past 6 years the only metro-area broadband technology Intel has been commited to support with their own silicon was WiMAX, with Wi-Fi for the WLAN space.

    However, in a significant departure from the WiMAX-only strategy Intel has had, the WiMAX ecosystem founder and anchor recently embraced the world's incumbent PCS carriers by licensing 3G technology to include in its forthcoming "Centrino/Core" communications chipsets. For Intel this is a tektonic shift in strategy, no doubt influenced by the undeniable growth in the success of 3G bases smartphones.

    The impact of this move cannot be overstated in the evolving battle of battling 4G standards.

    Moreover, it is not only important what it does, but what is conspicuously absent.

    When was the last time Intel's self-proclaimed inventor and promoter of broadband wireless and the corporate face of WiMAX, Sean Maloney, stepped up to promote CLWR or showed up at a new WiMAX market launch?

    Other than speaking of WiMAX in the context of its chipsets Intel's senior management has become extraordinarily quiet on CLWR in the press since the $1.4 billion write-down. Also gone are the disparaging remarks about Intel's former rival LTE.

    And even the public CLWR appearances are increasingly done by Intel underlings rather than the senior team.

    In the politics of corporate ladder climbing one truism that remains true is; "success has many authors - failure is an orphan".

    If you want a hint how Intel views WiMAX in the wireless competition today just look to see who puts their name on it - and more importantly, who doesn't.

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    • "In the politics of corporate ladder climbing one truism that remains true is; "success has many authors - failure is an orphan".

      And we're talking failure with about a $12 billion dollar price tag in WiMAX and assorted wireless ventures. And after all this Intel's silicon is yet to be in one widely used mobile hand-held device.

      Being the Intel face for CLWR-WiMAX has become a career liability.


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