The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. WiMAX certification appears to be a boon to some in the broadband wireless equipment industry and a bane to others. One only needs to look at the Wi-LAN Inc. situation to see this (see article on pages 4 and 5).  The company recently announced that it was exiting the broadband wireless equipment market to focus exclusively on generating revenue from its intellectual property, in other words its patent portfolio. The company president and CEO said during a February 2 conference call that it was simply going to cost too much money to remain in a business that was going to be dominated by the big players.  While this trend may in fact turn out to be true in the years ahead, competing in the equipment business prior to WiMAX certification announcements was a costly venture. The problem with Wi-LAN was that it amassed a large debt resulting from significant expenditures in research and development, while at the same time it didn’t generate enough revenue to cover operating expenses.  Wi-LAN’s decision to exit the "product" business was driven by pure economics. Its IP division can generate substantial amounts of money without the high cost of labour. This is a good strategy. But Wi-LAN will not be left out of the WiMAX game. Its reference designs will be submitted in the future to the WiMAX Forum for certification, which, if granted, will result in a financial windfall for the company.  So while the WiMAX certification even may have caused some short-term pain for the Calgary broadband wireless equipment pioneer, the long-term gain will come when its designs are certified.