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Clearwire Corporation (CLWRD) Message Board

  • sanddollars586 sanddollars586 Jul 10, 2009 9:43 AM Flag

    CLWR's Future Remains CLOUDY

    Readers of this board will know that CWLR pumpers have a moving target of ideas all supposed to launch the wireless startup to prosperity. One of the more recent is the CLOUD, a popular but amorphous buzzword in the IT industry normally intended to describe a client device that works in cooperation with net based servers to do work.

    While there are many variations of the CLOUD, the critical element is that the client device cannot perform the desired task(s) without the resources belonging to the remote servers.

    This absolute dependency between client and server means communications must be highly reliable and affordable for the model to work. This is why it has taken decades of evolution of the IT & telecom industry to bring this model to the wired & fiber optic world with five "9's of reliability.

    Does CLWR fit this model of reliability and affordability?

    Just look at any user report of CLWR's WiMAX service and you'll see huge variations in speed, latency and reliability. And every location can and will be different, and perform will even vary with change of season. This is the reality of NLOS microwave communications and no one expects the principles of physics to change any time soon.

    Secondly, who would bring their mission critical apps to a carrier with such low usage limits. And remember, virtually ever mobile carrier including CLWR has the right to throttle user's usage even with Unlimited plans. So thinking enterprises would en-masse drop their wired connectivity for CLWR's low reliability and costly wireless service is dreaming.

    A more realistic example how distributed wireless computing could serve the consumer market are iPhone's Web apps. These are useful for light consumer usage but they are not enterprise mission critical.

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