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xG's xMax: wireless to revolutionise our lives?

How wireless technology has evolved in the past few years has probably caught quite a few of us off guard. Next generation networks will be a mix of wired and wireless, with a much greater share taken by the latter. Quite a paradigm shift when compared to a decade ago.

Not that wireless is better than wired, far from that. Wireless is still not that seamless, glue-less process that adverts sell to us. The technology is, however, rapidly maturing, and it is far more versatile, and physically easier to install than its wired counterpart.

A brand new wireless technology from a Florida based start-up, xG, promises a lot and has been under quite a bit of scrutiny (opens in new tab) over the past few weeks. What they are promising to deliver is simply out of this world for some.

xG's technology, xMax, is claimed to be 1000 times more efficient (opens in new tab)than the forthcoming, industry-backed WiMax. If this is true, solar powered wireless hot spots at a rock bottom prices would be possible and wired computers and landlines would be something of the past. Cable TV and scattered network cables would be obsolete.

Suddenly, that seamless and glue-less world that we were promised appears to be just round the corner. As the XG site's FAQ puts it, the technology has enormous ramifications that extend beyond our wildest dreams. Don't hold your breath until it is launched but do keep a careful eye on it.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.