WiMAX 2 Collaborative Initiative eyes the second half of the year

WiMAX 2 Collaborative Initiative eyes the second half of the year
Some consumers already might've gotten their fill of WiMAX here in the US, but on a global scale, the US is still in the early stages of rolling out the next generation data network. With Sprint's HTC EVO 4G gearing up to be released this summer to an eagerly awaiting audience, for many, it'll be the first tasting of what to expect with next generation devices. Although we're all looking forward to it, the WiMAX 2 Collaboration Initiative is in full swing as many supporters like Motorola, Samsung, Beceem, ZTE, and Intel have come together to hasten then development of WiMAX 2. Hoping to finalize an air interface standard definition by the second part of the year, the group is intent on accelerating the implementation of interoperable system profiles for WiMAX 2 – based on the IEEE 802.16m standard, peak download rates for WiMAX 2 are expected to hover around 300 Mbps; double the theoretical speeds of WiMAX. Now the great thing about it all is the fact that it won't require the infrastructure to be built from the ground up again – instead, it'll be backwards compatible  with the current WiMAX networks.

source: PR Newswire

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8 Comments

1. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Wow........ Thats awesome. Cheap to switch over too for the companies.... Nice technology....

2. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Fantastic!!! This could really help Wimax establish itself up against LTE.

3. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

This is true. Its kind of scary to be honest. LTE can always evolve, but for WiMax to move that fast, just impressive. Will be interesting to see how fast they roll this out into several markets

4. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Technically this isn't anything amazing for wiimax. If you research WiiMAX 2 all they are doing is basically taking two existing WiiMAX chipsets and running them together, it is like cylinders on an engine. 4 cyllinders to 8, they are doubling the speed by running two WiiMAX towers essentially at the same time, and the receivers on the devices will have to be two as well to receive... It is hard to explain as a I am not a physicist or telecomm engineer... but it isn't that impressive, but it works. LTE is something different, like a rotary engine, just as capable, but way more efficient and way smaller in size.

5. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

i wonder wats taking verizon soooo freaking long to rollout LTE??

6. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

And LTE is more expensive. And LTE is more widely adopted at this time. And LTE is slower to market than WiMax in the US.

7. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

@omarc26 "SO LONG"?!?!?! There isn't even any LTE networks available in the US yet. The verizon LTE network will be the first to rollout, and they gave the end of this year as the launch time. It's not like they said "Oh, it's coming. We'll let you know." It is being built as we speak. "So long"? you need to be happy that things are moving at any rate at all. Before you know it SKY NET will be here and John Conner will have to save your lilly a$$.

8. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

na im just saying cause verizon has been saying that its getting ready to roll out LTE SInce 2008 O_o and were already in 2010...

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