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By eweek  |  Posted 2004-05-24 Print this article Print

The fixed broadband technology known as WiMax is receiving a lot of publicity, thanks largely to the marketing efforts of Intel Corp. Whats your take on WiMax?

Barratt: Honestly, were skeptical about how fast it will be adopted. Carriers are—well, I could say "disciplined," but, more honestly, theyre slow. And its a carrier technology.

Rossi: There are no specific product plans for WiMax. Its not about the technology; its about the carriers. The question is always, What is a successful business market that allows the broadband market to scale? Wi-Fi was clear to us.

LeBeau: WiMax is an emerging technology you have to be aware of, but nobodys writing any checks.

Whos your biggest competitor right now?

Barratt: In the laptop space, its Intel. In the retail space, Broadcom [Corp.]. Were pretty dominant in the enterprise space.

Rossi: Maybe one will emerge. If its retail, it will be Symbol. In the traditional horizontal enterprise, its less about competition and more about education [of potential customers].

Nuti: There are really two players in wireless. Theres the No. 1 company [Cisco] coming from a networking point of view, and [we are] coming at it from mobility.

LeBeau: Cisco. ... Certainly, they do more revenue.

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