Extracts from one of Hatims posts in may of 1999.|
......"We have just opened the public high-speed wireless Internet market in January 1999 with the Telia contract."
......"Telia is not in a trial mode. They have a network up and running since the end of 1997. They are expanding it. It currently uses our Hopper Plus 4.5Mbps product. In the future, it will use the W-OFDM 30Mbps product. It is a planned launch. Telia's intent is to buy USD$36MM over the next three years."
....."For the Tele2UK project, households will be connected via fixed wireless products each capable of at least 4.5Mbps on a shared basis like the cable modems. The target minimum speed per user is about 128-384kbps. Higher speeds will betargeted with future products."
...."We are considering mobile applications. However, we are targeting high speed applications like multimedia (mobile high definition TV) and mobile www browsing. We can not give a time frame for such products. I personally believe that they will be available on the market by 2001."
Question for Jim and the group: Is Wi-Lan in the race ( to provide wireless network access) ? Is Wi-Lan a leader?
......"The first claim of our W-OFDM patent, US patent # 5,282,222, covers any use of wideband OFDM that requires the use of a channel estimator. This practically covers all uses of W-OFDM for high speed wireless communications. Because W-OFDM is the draft standard for many applications, it is not possible to circumvent the patent. However, patent enforcement is a big subject. Our technology lead is protected by an early start on the development of application specific integrated circuits which will make the product less expensive."
I particularly like the last 2 lines from the above quote from Hatim. Companies which rest only on their laurels ('patents'), increase their chances to fail. Those which continue innovate and execute well have a greater chance to prosper...because this is how they got the patents in the first place.
As far Professor Levy is concerned, I have learnt a lot from his posts, but it was a Professor(s) from Berkely (I think I got the U right), who also dismissed CDMA technology as disobeying the laws of physics. May have kept people from investing in QCOM in its early stages. So.... profs can be wrong, lets just hope its not the profs from Calgary. LOL. Just kidding Hatim...:0)