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IEEE Approves 802.16m as IMT-Advanced

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Mar 31, 2011, 5:47 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Following the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s late 2010 approval of WirelessMAN-Advanced 802.16m as IMT-Advanced, today the IEEE threw its weight behind the new standard, too. One of the core requirements of IMT-Advanced is extremely fast speeds. According to the IEEE, 802.16m WirelessMAN-Advanced delivers peak download speeds of 180Mbps using a 20MHz TDD channel while simultaneously supporting 2,500 VoIP users per cell site. IEEE 802.16m incorporates multi-user MIMO, multicarrier operation, and cooperative communications. It supports femto-cells, self-organizing networks, and relays. Organizations, such as the WiMax Forum, are adopting this standard for metro-area wireless broadband networks.



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Mar 31, 2011, 5:50 PM

What's that you say?

180 Mbps wireless broadband blanketing every major metro area in the US? Yes, please.
and femptocells?!?!?!?!?!?! hot damn!!1
I wouldn't expect any speeds above 100mb/s before summer 2013 at the very soonest.

I just look forward to the day when 1-3mb/s is considered the slowest, weakest speeds, rather than the kinds of speeds to be excited about, like most of us currentl...

Mar 31, 2011, 6:51 PM

Great News......If You Don't Live In The US.

This technology belongs mainly to WiMAX's next flavor. WiMAX2 is the next progression. However, LTE is becoming the standard and Sprint is in the chambers discussing the switch to LTE.

If this happens, WiMAX2 will never come to fruition. We can say good-bye to WirelessMAN-Advanced in North America.

John B.
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