12 Facts About WiMAX


WiMAX Forum was formed in June 2001 to promote conformity and interoperability, including the definition of system profiles for commercial vendors.

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WiMAX adopted some of its technology from WiBro, a service marketed in Korea.

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WiMAX was sometimes referred to as "Wi-Fi on steroids" and can be used for a number of applications including broadband connections, cellular backhaul, hotspots, etc.

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Scalable physical layer architecture that allows for data rate to scale easily with available channel bandwidth and range of WiMAX make it suitable for the following potential applications:.

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WiMAX can provide at-home or mobile Internet access across whole cities or countries.

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Mobile WiMAX was a replacement candidate for cellular phone technologies such as GSM and CDMA, or can be used as an overlay to increase capacity.

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WiMAX is more similar to Wi-Fi than to other 3G cellular technologies.

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WiMAX MAC uses a scheduling algorithm for which the subscriber station needs to compete only once for initial entry into the network.

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WiMAX Forum is a non profit organization formed to promote the adoption of WiMAX compatible products and services.

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Those that pass conformance and interoperability testing achieve the "WiMAX Forum Certified" designation, and can display this mark on their products and marketing materials.

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Early WirelessMAN standards, The European standard HiperMAN and Korean standard WiBro were harmonized as part of WiMAX and are no longer seen as competition but as complementary.

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Worldwide, by early 2010 WiMAX seemed to be ramping quickly relative to other available technologies, though access in North America lagged.

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