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Yota Dumping WiMax for LTE

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May 21, 2010, 2:29 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Russian internet provider Yota has given up on plans to launch a 15-city WiMax network this year and will instead invest $100 million to roll out Long Term Evolution across five Russian cities before the end of 2010. In September 2009, Clearwire, along with Russia's Yota and UQ Communications of Japan, all agreed to work together on the business and technical pieces of their respective WiMax businesses so that they may support international roaming in the future. Yota's peers haven't commented on how this change in wireless networking technology will alter their agreement, but it is clear U.S. customers of Clearwire's WiMax services will not be able to roam on WiMax in Russia. Clearwire and its business partner Sprint have both separately hinted that a switch from WiMax to LTE is a possibility.

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Slammer

May 21, 2010, 5:47 PM

Uh Oh.....

The Jedi Knights are not going to like that "Yoda" has turned to the dark side. Shocked
Yota is Yoda's Evil Cousin. If you Read the NJO books by RA Salvatore, you'll quickly discover the YOTA summong the Vong to the galactic rim with the promise of the finest weed. When they discovered he wanted them to smoke his "other" green pipe, th...
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gringo.mexican112

May 21, 2010, 6:06 PM

russia??

and how does that affect the wireless industry in USA?
Because there are people who what or need to travel to Russia and what technology is available there can determine what provider they choose here.

Also, I wasn't aware phonescoop was only available in the US
This site isn't just for the USA. Der.
One can safely assume the site is oriented toward US users given the absence of international mobile news. Also, please take note of the Carriers section.

-fin
Thales
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Russian Mafia cares!
bluecoyote

May 21, 2010, 2:45 PM

To be fair, every WiMax venture in Russia has turned up a scam or failure....

Also, it's Russia.

I mean let's be totally honest here, relying on any initiative of Russian origin is like giving a heroin addict money and saying "go pick out some wise investments."
i almost always hate your comments but i like this post Very Happy
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bluecoyote said:
Also, it's Russia.

I mean let's be totally honest here, relying on any initiative of Russian origin is like giving a heroin addict money and saying "go pick out some wise investments."


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And yet, we're now dependent on them to launch satellites
You're growing on me, blue. I never thought I would say that. Ever.
RockTripod

May 22, 2010, 10:23 AM

another nail

in WiMax's coffin. Its not that I have an issue with the technology, because that would be about the dumbest stance ever taken. Its just that I saw this coming a while ago. Sputters and fits while rolling out WiMax in the US, and now Russia's plans fall apart. Unfortunately WiMax, despite its advantages, is going to have one helluva uphill climb to be the dominant 4G tech.
Where is the first nail?? What are those "sputters and fits"? Last I checked, Sprint will have a 120 million 4G footprint by years end. Verizon will not have 4G until mid-2011 at the earliest. At&t will not have 4G until sometime in 2012, so... who is...
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WiMAX doesn't need to be the dominant 4G variant. It just needs to be a viable choice. And as it currently stands, it is the only choice. Wink
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RockTripod said:
in WiMax's coffin. Its not that I have an issue with the technology, because that would be about the dumbest stance ever taken. Its just that I saw this coming a while ago. Sputters and fits while rolling out Wi
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HeCellsCellPhones

May 21, 2010, 4:32 PM

WHO CARES??????

Rolling Eyes

ITS FREAKIN RUSSIA!!!! NOT HERE!!!!
True.
HeCellsCellPhones said:
Rolling Eyes

ITS FREAKIN RUSSIA!!!! NOT HERE!!!!


What's your point?

This is a wireless news site.
I don't care either, as if I were going to Motha Russia soon in the near future. lol : )
And the article refers to US companies with their potential international roaming so it is very relevant, especially to all the russian customers out there, which there are many! If it doesnt pertain to you, ignore it, someone does care or it wouldnt...
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RomeoProcor

May 21, 2010, 11:58 PM

A&T and Verizon are the same company!

Twisted Evil Can you people see this..........anyways it dont matter to me because im not gonna get another contract. Just buy the phones outright. Nokia N8 Baby! then 3 months later somethin better will come out. Evil or Very Mad
WTF HOW DID MY THREAD GET ON THIS POST!
retrocool

May 21, 2010, 8:04 PM

Yota the Jeti Mas-durrrrr

WiMax, you will not invest in. LTE you will.
doodahii

May 21, 2010, 5:57 PM

YOTAAAA

Use the Force master Yota. The force is strong with you!
 
 
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