UPDATE: Motorola has won the WiMax World USA Industry Choice Award for the CPEi 800/850 Series Desktop CPE, a WiMax-ready broadband device for the home.
Ars Technica put up a glowing review last night of Motorola’s mobile WiMax demonstration on the Chicago River. The demo took place on a short cruise during WiMax World where Motorola had a mini WiMax network set up. Press, analysts, marketing folks, etc. tried out laptops and mobile devices, testing connection speeds and various broadband applications. The verdict? A resounding, “We Want WiMax!” Sure beats EV-DO. Commercial availability is scheduled for next April under the Sprint-branded Xohm service.
Motorola’s had a huge presence at WiMax World this year and a number of WiMax-related announcements. Full press releases, white paper and video case studies available here, including a recorded demo of WiMax connectivity on the streets of Chicago.