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  • Cisco Targets Ruckus Wireless; Avoid New IPO [View article]
    Cisco did not buy Meraki for its WiFi equipment, but for its cloud management tool. Serious wireless ISPs, telcos and cablecos do not even consider Meraki's WiFi mesh equipment to be in the same league as that of Ruckus or Aruba. Ruckus sells gear to deep pocket customers like KDDI Japan; Meraki does not. Therefore Cisco will not compete against Ruckus based on Meraki's wireless gear. As for the Meraki cloud management tool, everyone has something very similar: Ruckus has FlexManagement, Aerohive has Hive Manager, even low-cost Ubiquiti has UniFi. Meraki's nothing special. Just because Cisco paid $1.2B for Meraki doesn't mean Meraki is better than Ruckus, Aruba and Ubiquiti. Cisco may have paid too much.
    Nov 20, 2012. 08:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Long Term Evolution vs. WiMax: The 4G Technology Showdown [View article]
    I am the founder of MuniWireless.com (muniwireless.com), a news and analysis website that covers wireless networks, wireless vendors and applications. Here's a summary on what's happening with WiMAX in other countries.

    Dutch WiMAX operator, WorldMax, shut down this year. Worldmax paid €4 million for the license and its investors – Intel Capital and Enertel Holding – had put in around €30 million ($37 million) to launch the network. Greenfield Capital Partners, an 80 percent owner of Enertel Holding, stands to lose €12 million. Intel even put in more money in 2009.

    Freedom4, one of Britain’s two key WiMAX service providers, sold its licensed spectrum and assets to competitor UK Broadband for a paltry £12.5 million ($18.4 million), making the latter the only remaining license-holding WiMAX ISP in the country. Freedom4, a joint venture between Pipex Communications and Intel Capital (with the trading name of Daisy Communications) had received £25 million ($37 million) from Intel in 2006 to build out a network in the 3.6GHz band, and had been naturally bullish about its future. Pipex had reportedly rebuffed a £450 million ($666 million) takeover bid from British Telecom in early 2007, and subsequently sold its consumer broadband and voice units to Italian ISP Tiscali for £210 million in July 2007. Cash in hand, Pipex relaunched its WiMAX service as Freedom4 in several markets including Millton Keynes, Warwick, Manchester and Stratford-upon-Avon, and snapped up Wi-Fi hotspot roaming aggregator Bozii as part of a convergence play. What a disaster.

    Odasiljaci i Veze (OiV), the Croatian state-owned telecoms and broadcasting company, has returned 15 regional WiMAX wireless broadband licenses.

    Outside the US, the problem has been the frequency bands licensed for WiMAX (3.5-3.65 GHz). In the US, Clearwire uses 2.5 GHz. Higher frequency band means more difficult penetrating walls, trees and other obstacles.

    Side note: The WiMAX Forum closed its Portland, Oregon field office this year, too.
    Aug 25, 2010. 01:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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