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Mobile WiMax Standard Approved

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Dec 8, 2005, 2:00 PM   by (staff)

The IEEE standards group yesterday announced final approval of the 802.16e standard, commonly known as Mobile WiMax. Mobile WiMax trials and certification testing are expected to start in the first quarter of 2006, organized by the WiMax Forum. Products will likely follow late 2006 and services by early 2007. The standard builds on the 802.16 standards for fixed WiMax, adding support for handoffs between base stations, as well as multiple improvements for mobile device battery life and security.

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Dec 9, 2005, 10:17 AM

4G time. .. My thoughts.

it is time for 4g!

wimax is pretty interesting technology to me, but no one has any idea how it will perform in a true environment instead of in the labs. i still think that many carriers will start to test many other technologies, but the problem is, i dont think they have enough spectrum to launch it in the cities to get an roic on the investment. cingular obviously is doing umts/hsda, while verizon is doing ev-do rev O and REV A. the only other company that has plenty of spectrum to deploy any 4g technology is sprint/nextel eventhough they already are going from DO rev o to rev a.

i think it comes down to flarion, td-cdma, and wimax. if wimax is true on what the speeds and the signal lengths can travel then it will be a very huge...
why are u talking about 4g.....the US just barely got 3g.

Dec 8, 2005, 2:30 PM


I'm assuming WiMax is being groomed to replaced all of these technologies?
Thats the hope but I don't see it totally happening.. cingular has committed to the 3GSM and verizon has pretty much committed to qualcomm's cdma standard. The variables are sprint.. which apparently just tested (it doesn't seem they've committed) Qu...
In the US the carrier to watch is sprint-nextel who must do something with that MMDS spectrum they have covering 80% of US residents within four years. It is a condition of their merger.

That four year deadline strongly suggests that they'll do UMT...

Dec 9, 2005, 10:32 AM

WiMAX will Die a Painful Death

It is going to take another 3-4 years to produce stable wimax gear which is interoperable and actually mobile. My personal guess is that it might take longer. the 802.16e spec was rushed through by intel really and like every other paper standard, i guarantee it will not work without changes. Amendments take more time and mobility is not so easy, especially when your group is driven by firms with little mobile experience like intel.

In the meantime, the world will not stand still. You'll have release 6 or even 7 from UMTS by then which will probably include an OFDMA downlink at least and an all IP architecture. They will learn from wimax implementation errors.

Qualcomm seeks to standardize FLASH-OFDM which already does everything wimax...
I think WiMax will be rolled out by major internet providers as a way to reach areas that they "can't" get to with existing technology(cable and dsl). That would be the most effective path IMO.

I can see in now.....

"Get the new WiMax version...
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