Feeds

Fixed WiMAX emerges from Slough of Despond (official)

It's progress

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

WiMAX World Yankee Group's VP Berge Ayvazian gave the analyst company's summary of how far WiMAX has inched along the Hype Cycle - that's The Gartner Group's Hype Cycle.

And it's a tale of two WiMAXii.

Ayvazian said that mobile WiMAX was still stuck in the Slough of Despond. Actually, according to Gartner's Hype Cycle (this really exists), it's called the "Trough Of Disillusionment", and for a successful technology that's the brief resting place where it lies catching its breath, once it's responded to the "Technology Trigger" and hared off up the initial "Peak of Expectation".

"It's way down the 'Slope of Enlightenment'," warned Ayvazian.

Better news for fixed WiMAX, he said. That was well clear of the Slough, by now. In the far distance, he implied, it might even be able to see the end of its journey: the celestial city Gartner calls the "Plateau of Productivity".

But there's no room in the Gartner Chart for the fate that befalls most technology hypes: what we might call the "Watery Grave".

Gartner's Hype Cycle Chart

With mobile WiMAX, they haven't even started having talks about specifications, just talks about talks about specifications - so it's some way off before it can lay down to nurse its bunions.

Nevertheless, that didn't stop Ayvazian being bullish about all this - scarily so. He prowled the room reeling off dodgy analogies (the iPod was the fastest growing consumer device of all time - but it isn't - that's the DVD Player) and dodgy facts (municipal governments "have money to spend right now" - when most of them are broke). Ayvazian boldly predicted that municipal wireless networks would magick up "the next wave of business models."

Then he paused and as afterthough, reminded us,

"... and in the end users will ultimately have to come to the table as well."

Nice of him to remember us. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.