Don’t hold your breath, Nokia won’t be releasing any WiMax enabled handsets until at least 2008. The company is saying that the technology is still in its infancy, and they would like to wait until mobile WiMax (802.16e) develops into a more substantial market before jumping in.
Instead of striking the pan before it heats up, Nokia wants to jump on the bandwagon when and if mobile WiMax ever takes off. Mikko Salminen, Nokia’s director of fixed mobile convergence marketing, said, “We are investing in WiMax but no one knows how that market will develop. We are waiting for at least a one per cent take-up by the market. Otherwise the market is dead.” Nokia entered into Wi-Fi three years too early, according to Salminen, and they don’t want a repeat performance with WiMax.
That’s not to say that one of the world’s largest cell phone makers is ignoring the standard altogether. They do promise to work on fixed WiMax (802.16d) this year, complementing existing Wi-Fi hotspots at your local coffee shop or university library.