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stds-802-16: FW: Cisco announcements

Dear All,

Seems that it is competition in WBA standardization area.

My feeling is that 802.16 should produce a comprehensive enough
standard in order to respond to the market requirements. We should
think to standardize more than one modem, like 802.11 that has drafted
3 different PHYs.

See you soon,


> Cisco says it will work with 10 high-tech companies to foster support for
> a
> high-speed wireless data transmission standard.  Cisco has been lining up
> support for its technology called Vector Orthogonal Frequency Division
> Multiplexing (VOFDM), which aims to improve high-speed Internet services
> over wireless networks.  Ten companies, including Broadcom and Samsung,
> have
> agreed to integrate VOFDM into products in an attempt to jumpstart the
> nascent market for high-speed wireless services.  Broadcom and Samsung
> will
> build silicon chips that use the VOFDM standard, and Broadcom will help
> Cisco develop a wireless modem that allows data transmission speeds of 40
> million bits per second while sending or receiving data.  Other companies
> included in the effort are:  Bechtel Telecommunications, Electronic Data
> Systems Corp, KPMG LLP, LCC, Motorola, Pace Micro Technology, Texas
> Instruments, and Toshiba.  The Gartner Group forecasts that by 2003 the
> market for this type of wireless equipment in Canada and the United States
> will reach $1.5 billion.  Estimates from brokerage firm CIBC World Markets
> pegs the worldwide market at as much as $4 billion by 2004.  Source:
> Yahoo,
> 10-26-99.
> Cisco Systems will give away some of its wireless networking technology in
> hopes of spurring wireless broadband Internet services, according to the
> San
> Jose Mercury News.  The technology that Cisco is offering for free to any
> would-be partner works in the frequency band once reserved for wireless
> cable TV operators.  The technology increases the range and the power of
> the
> wireless signals, thus cutting the cost and improving the performance.
> The
> broadband wireless connection is up to 380 times faster than the speediest
> traditional dial-up modem and supports voice, video and data services.  To
> serve homes as well as businesses, companies in the wireless Internet
> service business need prices that can compete with the $40 to $50
> per-month
> high-speed offerings from cable TV and local phone companies.  Most
> high-speed wireless networks now target their services at office buildings
> and large corporations, setting prices too high for home and small office
> users.  Source:   San Jose Mercury, 10-26-99.