Where do WiMAX chip makers fit in the LTE ecosystem?

The 4G landscape is split between proponents of WiMAX and those who support LTE, but WIMAX silicon vendors may be crossing over the divide to gain more business. It's only natural that they would do so, considering that WiMAX likely won't be the world's dominant 4G standard, argues Maravedis analyst Bilel Bouraoui. Since the two standards share a lot of technology characteristics, the transition should not be that difficult. However, WiMAX chip makers that take on LTE business will have several challenges. First, integration with 2G and 3G standards is key. They will also have to contend with the likes of LTE proponents Qualcomm and ST-Ericsson. Commentary


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