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Not that the sky is falling, a 6 month delay is no surprise, and not as bad as seen on several prior occasions with other wireless technologies, but Intel's credibility is wearing thin, which may have an impact on market confidence (in the company and standard).

The Register reporting:
The news that the 802.16-2004 certification process was delayed by about six months was not a great surprise, although it is ironic that lack of chips from Intel seems to be one of the problems. The main negative impact will be on investor confidence and overall perception of WiMAX, since most operators are either going ahead with prestandard equipment or have long roll-out schedules anyway. However, the delay will prompt scepticism about the program, and this will be far more serious if it has a knock-on effect on the upcoming mobile standard, 802.16e. It is essential that, from now on, the WiMAX Forum sets realistic deadlines and does not allow further risk of backlash against its technologies

Dean Chang, marketing director at Aperto and chair of the WiMAX Forum's service provider working group, said in an interview that the delay was down to two factors – that it took longer to set up the certification team and laboratories than expected, and that the schedules of some companies making chips for customer premises equipment (CPE) “did not come to fruition”.

Impact on Intel
Whether he meant Intel or not, the chip giant springs immediately to mind. The two independent WiMAX chipmakers, WaveSat and Sequans, already have uncertified 802.16 silicon sampling with major customers, while Fujitsu has been detailed about its own delivery schedules. And Intel is tarred with the brush of its various products delays of 2004, including some to the critical Centrino range.
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