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WiMax Coming on Stream in Baltimore

Sprint's XOHM, is coming online in downtown Baltimore today. Both USA Today and the Wall Street Journal covered the story, with the WSJ's Don Clark doing the more complete job at digging into what the opposition might be saying. In traditional media style, the story was either "it's new" or "here are the challenges," the latter which Clark nails.

Over at SideCut Reports, Paul Kapustka drives home the point though that matters most to the users. In his post today Kaps tells us that Asus and Lenovo will have their UMPC's ready soon with onboard WiMax, and before then a slew of USB sticks and data cards will be available. What's more Kapustka points out that client Nokia is also releasing the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet, something that was first shown at CES and then again at CTIA last month.

So while the traditional media focuses on the impact WiMax will have on the publicly traded cellular carriers, Kaputska has told the public and the industry in one post what it takes to use WiMax.

Oh, and as for Voice Services, you can run just about anything it seems. It's an IP connection, and the CEO told USA Today "Voice services will eventually be added, Xohm President Barry West says. For now, Xohm customers can easily use any Internet telephony service, such as Skype." To me that "sounds" like an OPEN Net.

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