WiMax Hits The Road

Finneran, Michael
June 2004
Business Communications Review;Jun2004, Vol. 34 Issue 6, p30
Trade Publication
Wireless LANs based on the IEEE 802.11 or Wi-Fi standards have been a resounding success, but now the focus in wireless is shifting to the wide area. While Wi-Fi has virtually obliterated all other contenders in the local area, the wide area market is still up for grabs. The cellular carriers got into the market first with their 2.5G/3G offerings, but sales have been lackluster to say the least. The carriers' offerings are clearly positioned as an add-on to voice, but now two competing data-oriented alternatives are poised to pounce: WiMax and Mobile-Fi. With chip-level components due for shipment in the last quarter of this year, WiMax will likely be the next wide area alternative to debut. WiMax, short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is defined in IEEE 802.16 standards, and is being promoted by the WiMax Forum, an organization which looks to develop interoperability test suites to deliver a multi-vendor solution that will lead to lower cost through chip-level implementation. INSETS: TowerStream Delivers;IEEE 802.20--The Other Mobile Broadband Wireless Solution.


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