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Multimedia Goes Mobile At Wireless Convention

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LAS VEGAS – Cruising the streets surrounding the Las Vegas Convention Center as a passenger in a modified SUV yesterday, Intel engineer John Hammond sampled the fruits of tomorrow's cell phone networks – thanks to an emerging technology called WiMax.

While today's typical phone can sluggishly transmit a camera phone image, or download a Web page, the WiMax signal can do much more. It enabled a dashboard computer to stream CD-quality music until Hammond switched to a broadcast of the local Fox TV station, which also displayed on a bigger screen in the back.

If that wasn't enough, he then logged on to Google on another computer and then made a Wi-Fi phone call to Oregon on a Skype phone.

Making voice calls on cell phones is so yesterday, so last generation. The glimpse of the future from the CTIA Wireless trade show here is all about mobile multimedia and the fast data connections that make it possible.

The show, which takes its name from the former Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, is one of the largest showcases for emerging wireless technologies and new products. The sponsoring group is now named the International Association for the Wireless Communications Industry.

The rolling WiMax demonstration produced download speeds of up to 4 megabits per second, which pales in comparison to the 42 megabits per second that Ericsson demonstrated inside the convention center.

The typical residential cable Internet service provides speeds of less than 10 megabits per second.

Buoyed by strong growth in consumer consumption of mobile data, the industry is looking forward to wireless technology's fourth generation, or 4G.

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