I sincerely hope...
...that sanity wins here (but when has it ever in the past) and the faster and more future proofed technology is favoured over the other - I don't believe the relevant groups should press forward with their tech if the other is actually recognisably more beneficial to the end user.
Consider, though, the HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray thing. That was less clear cut because the two technologies were just about on a par with each other, and competition was good. Isn't it true that WiMax and LTE are worlds apart from each other and one is identifiably superior (save mabye for cost)?
I don't claim to know anything about the two standards, but all over it appears that LTE is superior, maybe a little more expensive over the competition but is better future proofed, because it starts off with better bandwidth than WiMax (am I right?).
Its high time that Britain took the lead here and put in the better technology and put it in place fast, and not waste time and money pursuing both.
There is one caveat though - wasn't there the possibility that WiMax could be ran not by the mobile telephony companies, but by anybody, similar to how WiFi works but over a longer range? I think its damaging that the mobile companies essentially hijack something that the common man can put into place, without having to pay out to the already bloated mob companies another monthly rate for '4G'. Aren't the airwave freqs required for WiMax on the open free-for-all frequencies?