By Jessica Schieve
I recently spent an afternoon at the 2009 4G World Conference held
in Chicago. This was a rather small conference on a very big topic.
There were a variety of vendors on hand exhibiting their wares:
antennas, microwaves, connectors, and even complete end-to-end 4G
systems. Some of the leading telecom equipment providers were showing
their latest gear: Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Motorola, Nokia-Siemens,
Samsung, WiChorus, and ZTE. Notably not present in any comparable way
were Cisco, Huawei and Ericsson.
Motorola, a huge investor in WiMAX, was showcasing everything from
infrastructure gear to new CPE devices. It had on display a new
network-connected smart meter based on WiMAX technology.