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I’m wondering about 3G, a lot

AS MOST of my faithful reader (1) know, the PC has been part of my life since around 1981. I never got involved in the “PC wars” – far less interesting than laundry wars – a battle in which the Mac was pitched against the PC.

My learned reader will know that it was for the Apple that the spreadsheet was created, but for the PC that the spreadsheet came into its own with Lotus 1-2-3.  This “milestone” was the beginning of the end for the personal computer and the start of the era of the beancounters.

I currently find myself in a region where there is no wi-fi – never mind WiMAX – but thanks to T-Mobile I have a 3G dongle which, at a reasonable price, gives me internet access. Sometimes.  So why oh why is 3G so variable? The dongle reports a 7.2Mbps speed, but even in central London the rate is half or a third of that. Out here in sticklandia, it varies wildly between nothing and superspeed. Why?

I’d love to use WiMAX, but that seems like a pipe dream right now.  Luckily, all you need to do is position yourself close to one of those red telephone boxes that used to be owned by the Post Office, and you can roam using wi-fi, as long as there aren’t too many people in the way. I’ll be off to India again later this week, yes, to Bangalore. I can go there confidently knowing that 3G won’t yet be available but according to many vendors WiMAX is. Oh yeah? Oh yeah, fixed WiMAX not mobile WiMAX.

Is anyone ever going to call these vendors to the bar of accountability?  ◊

Intel readies WiMAX chips, but where the heck is WiMAX?

INTEL’S next gen Montevina chipset supports WiMAX, which is all fine and dandy, but where the heck are such networks being deployed?

Word on the street is that Lenovo and other notebook vendors are creating notebooks labelled “WiMAX ready”, but we know what that ready word means.

It means the chipsets might be ready, the notebooks might be ready, but the world is waiting for the little WiMAX lightbulb to go ping.

When Intel was busy hyping WiMAX we were told that we’d see widespread implementations by 2007 but if they are spread, they’re spread very sparsely indeed.

This must be making equipment vendors like Huawei engage in a widespread orgy of hand rubbing – it is pushing IELTS while we all wait for these metropolitan wide WiMAX networks.

Next time an assistant sells you a notebook that is said to be WiMAX capable, just make sure you ask him or her what WiMAX is, what IELTS is and when you can start smurfing the web happily almost everywhere.

Only do that if you are a schadenfreudista – otherwise show compassion for people everywhere, OK?♣