Approval draws near for WiMAX 2 standard

Approval draws near for WiMAX 2 standard
WiMAX is still in its infancy here in the US, so it may come as a surprise that WiMAX 2 is already approaching the final stages of development. According to recent reports, the standard is expected to gain approval by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) this coming November.

If all goes to plan, IEEE should begin certifying devices next year, with network rollout expected in 2012. Despite all the fancy new network hardware, WiMAX 2 will be backwards compatible with original WiMAX devices, so HTC EVO 4G owners (and soon-to-be Samsung Epic 4G owners) need not worry.

With download speeds theoretically approaching the 1Gbps mark, WiMAX 2 will undoubtedly be a huge step forward for mobile broadband – especially considering many early subscribers will probably be transitioning directly from 3G devices. So here’s to hoping the Mayans were wrong about 2012. We’d hate to miss out on all the upcoming WiMAX 2 goodness.

source: Computerworld via Gizmodo

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8 Comments

1. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

This makes me pumped

4. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

F LTE IN THE A

2. bid_D unregistered

sorry for the battery life

5. miggy man unregistered

@big_d dont be mad you have an iphone4 and are using at&t's 2g netowrk...SPRINT FTW

3. theBankRobber unregistered

That's great news. Maybe this can put a stop to the rumors of Sprint going to LTE. Wimax is great, and I'm getting 10mbs in my area and others get about 13 to 14mbs in other cities. I just hope they get 4g rolled out more in my area so I can have it in my house because Verizon's slow 3mbs DSL speed is a killer for me at the price of $35.

6. Vegas89

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 15, 2010

I love fast download speed as much as the next guy but 1Gbps is just a insane level.

7. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

insane......and happy

8. Virtual unregistered

ZOMG 1GBPS DOWNLOAD SPEEDASLKJDHALSDFASKLFH!!!! *brain melts*

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