The Register has a characteristically scathing review of Intel's Brazilian WiMAX deployment, which includes a 300-foot WiMAX tower installed on an island in the Amazon River. Intel's GM for Brazil Oscar Clarke said it best: "If we can be successful here, we will replicate this in other isolated communities around the world where electricity and telecommunications are unreliable. If Parintins can do it, it can be done anywhere." The article argues that Tropos, Strix and LocustWorld have achieved similar results with their mesh networking deployments with a few volunteers in Ghana, Florida and Italy over the past five years. Intel brought 60 people to Brazil to install the network. While a bit harsh, the article is worth a read.
For more of The Register's take on Intel's WiMAX deployment:
- see this article