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September 28, 2007

WiMax World: Clearwire address the crowd

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 1:01 PM

CHICAGO -- At WiMax World Thursday, Clearwire's Scott Richardson gave hourlong presentation on the progress the Kirkland company has made on deploying a wireless broadband network.

I wrote about the show's final keynote speech for today's paper here.

But in addition to what I wrote about Richardson, Clearwire's chief strategy officer, said he's been spending a lot of time with other vendors and suppliers since the industry has the potential to include a lot of different gadgets and ideas.

Richardson is helping to build the WiMax ecosystem, a concept that Sprint Nextel talks a lot about as it prepares to build its WiMax network.

As an illustration of the types of people Richardson spends time with, he invited on stage with him another company -- Postdata's Flyvo division, which is developing WiMax devices.

On stage, they gave a demonstration of a handheld video game device that can connect to the Iternet. The user can play not only games online with other competitors in cyberspace, but they can also surf the Web.

I caught up with Flyvo's business development manager Ross Lee on the show floor.

He said the device is targeted to launch soon in Korea with KT Telecom
and will cost about $400, but may be offered through the carrier for a $200 discount. He said the demand is expected to be high there, where playing online games is popular.

Here's a live demo Lee gave me at Flyvo's booth:

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