Today Samsung announced that it plans to adopt Mobile WiMax Release 2, which is based on IEEE 802.16m. Release 2 can provide up to four times that data speeds when compared to Release 1 (802.16e). It adds Multi-User MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology, which helps to improve the efficiency of the antennas. Mobile WiMax Release 2 equipment will be backward compatible with Release 1, and customers' current Release 1 devices should work with Release 2. Samsung said it plans to trial Release 2 in the U.S. market via Clearwire by late 2010.
But WiMAX in a lesser form is already active in parts of the world including USA. So I think this IEEE802.16(e) WiMAX standard is not the WiMAX Clear is currently rolling out. I believe the IEEE802.16(m) is to upgrade the lower standard to create the larger footprint needed to converge world interoperability for WiMAX. This could also be made for an easier merge with LTE. Can someone clarify?
Ah that's ok, 12-14 months from now I'll just pay another $60 for a new usb modem to take advantage of these awesome, awesome speeds that 802.11m will be capable of. I'm getting service my next payday, only $40/mo, $20/mo the 1st 6mo.'s, and yes by th... (continues)