WiMAX is a wireless digital communication system. It can provide Broadband Wireless Access up to 30 miles for fixed stations, and 3- 10 miles for mobile stations. Its interference levels are very low. As a result, WiMAX technology for very high-speed wireless internet accessibility through broadband for notebooks and mobile devices with additional Wi-Fi features for expanded connectivity on the move. On the other hand if we compare Wi-Fi with WiMAX, there are certain notable differences;
- WiMAX unlike, WI-Fi is a long range system covering many kilometers
- Wi-Fi uses unlicensed spectrum for providing access to local internet
- WiMAX is core device whereas Wi-Fi is more an user end device
Currently, WiMAX applications provide:
- Mobile broadband connectivity on a city-wide as well as country-wide scale
- IPTV services (triple play) and data telecommunications services (PoIV)
- A wireless alternative for locations that do not have cable and DSL service
- A source for uninterrupted Internet connectivity so as to cover the continual connectivity requirements of businesses
- A network that can easily support machine to machine communication
Apparently, the technology of WiMAX did not see much success in its representation. According to sources, the hype made by Intel is very target driven with lesser facts. Nevertheless, Intel continues to be loyal and refuses the media reports on breaking the tie-ups with WiMAX. It has confirmed that the company is not shutting down its WiMAX Programme office in Taiwan. Bill Kircos, representative Intel has further explained that the company is looking forward to the developing of WiMAX wireless standards. And in regard to this, he has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan based VMAX. There is hardly any practicality on why Intel would back off from marketing that sector which is currently undergoing its moments of peak attainment.
Future Of Technology With WiMAX
Technologists are currently claiming it to be the next replacement for cellular technologies such as GSM and CDMA. Next in line for WIMAX are gaming devices that would take online gaming to a new level, ahead of the Xbox, Playstation or even Nintendo for that matter of fact.
Its compliant with IEEE makes it one of the most sought after brainchild of Intel. Though there have been numerous break-up news between the two, Intel has finally stated its ground and it is now confirmed that Intel is not shelving its WiMAX based projects. Though American telecommunication companies like Clearwire and Sprint are not favoring the idea too much, yet, many third world countries like India and some African nations are very keen on going ahead with Intel. Its longer and wider coverage range will boost the mobile technology like never before. So the good news is that many countries can expect a slash on their mobile rates and internet usage bills.
WiMAX – State Of The Art Or Not
It is too early to decide anything on the device yet. It sure has promising features but its accessibility should be made easier, more like a user end media. It demands some more precision based on functional test and protocol monitoring solution and most importantly advanced troubleshooting applications for network and service analysis. With expanding networks regarding WiMAX, its market is opening up and various sectors are promoting for its development. 4G is happening and it will soon be prevalent like any other new generation technology.