Xohm Delay Spells Trouble for Sprint, Not WiMax

Sprint’s delay in launching its Xohm WiMAX service will cause problems for the carrier, but shouldn’t be read as the demise of WiMAX as a 4G mobile broadband standard, according to the inaugural report issued by Sidecut Reports. Sidecut is a research firm headed by Paul Kapustka, the former managing editor for GigaOM.

Kapustka points out the technology’s growth in developing countries that are building out new infrastructure, as well as its potential as a possible alternative to copper for competitive local exchange carriers. So while WiMAX may not be big in the U.S., if Sprint can’t get Xohm up before the other carriers launch their 4G LTE networks, the technology itself should still prove attractive around the rest of the world, according to the report.