‘Xohm or Go Home,’ Says our WiMax Report

Is 2008 the breakout year for WiMax in the U.S.? It could be, if Sprint, Intel and their allies can get the so-called “Xohm” network up and running, giving WiMax the ability to find market traction before competing technologies can gain mindshare.

In our inaugural Sidecut Report, titled Xohm Or Go Home: Why 2008 Is WiMax’s Breakout Year in the U.S. — Or Else!, we take an in-depth look at the WiMax deployment scene in the U.S. market, one that focuses heavily on the Xohm launch planned by Sprint and its infrastructure partners Intel, Motorola and Samsung. You can purchase the report for instant download by clicking on the blue button on the right-hand side of this page.

With both up-to-date news analysis of reported possible joint WiMax ventures funded by Intel, Comcast or Google, as well as technical and market-opportunity backgrounders, the 23-page report provides the reader with an in-depth look at the most current state of the WiMax market in the U.S., and how it might create business opportunities for enterprises, investors and entrepreneurs in markets including mobile Internet businesses, software development, and mobile device manufacturing.

Prepared in an easy-to-read style accessible to those who may not have completely understood WiMax before, the report is also free of any vendor influence, making it much different than analyst reports that may have been tailored to suit sponsor interests, or may be too deep in technical minutae to be understood by a wider audience.

Here’s a snippet to whet your interest:

There are risks and rewards for such a move by Intel and any other partners who would purchase the Xohm business, not the least of which would be overcoming the significant operational, administrative and business challenges facing any new national communications network. The rewards, however, are large and clear. The delivery of true mobile broadband — a combination of Wi-Fi-type speeds and cellular-style reach — could open up markets for devices and applications that improve on the Web-browsing experience that makes Apple’s iPhone so popular, with bigger screens (like Nokia’s Internet tablet) or applications that make better use of mobility. Such new markets could mean millions, if not billions, for Intel and others selling WiMax-enabled silicon, devices and applications.

Some more:

The larger question for WiMax, especially in the U.S., is whether it can arrive fast enough to establish a beachhead before the major telcos get their next-generation cellular data infrastructure up and running. Since the country’s two biggest telecom companies — AT&T and Verizon — have recently made very public statements about choosing Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular technology as their strategic pick for their next generation of wireless broadband services, WiMax’s eventual competitor is already in pursuit. The fact that LTE is still mainly theoretical at this point does give potential WiMax service providers a competitive window, but the clock is ticking on when that opening will close.

And from the “What makes WiMax Attractive” section of the report:

Another important area of WiMax cost savings is at the customer premise, where the mobile standard is already producing equipment and installation savings. Manufacturers and operators are already looking at home-gateway CPEs with price points under $100, down from an average of $500 or more just two years ago. Improved antenna technology is also all but eliminating truck rolls, as end-users are able to self-install most newer WiMax customer access devices.

I’ll have some more thoughts about WiMax, Xohm, LTE and other topics as the week goes on. But you can read it all by ordering your report today, via instant download. Questions? Send an email to kaps at sidecutreports.com.

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