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Nextel isn't the first large company to raise questions about the technology's viability. According to Light Reading Cisco CTO Charles Giancarlo early November all but thrashed the wireless standard: "Other than providing the backbone infrastructure that may be behind any WiMax deployment, Cisco is not invested in WiMax," he reportedly told delegates at the Next Generation Networks conference in Boston.
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