Where Will WiMAX Go?

May 23, 2007
One of the breaking news items below, from the solid research firm ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), notes the rapid growth of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for broadband services, such as broadband wireless access (BWA) applications. The ...

One of the breaking news items below, from the solid research firm ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), notes the rapid growth of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for broadband services, such as broadband wireless access (BWA) applications. The number of base stations to be installed in a few short years is certainly impressive, implying a large number of mobile subscribers for the LTE outgrowth of 3G cellular networks.

Assuming even conservative numbers based on these ABI Research market forecasts, what does this imply for the future of WiMAX technology? Having pored through the various versions of the IEEE 802.16 standards for both fixed and mobile WiMAX technology, there is not doubt that this is a beautifully designed wireless technology making the most of orthogonal-frequency- division-multiple (OFDM) techniques to gain bandwidth efficiency even in the less-than- desirable, multipath-infested environments typical of wireless metropolitan area networks (WMANs).

In fact, based on those standards, and on the work of industry organizations such as the WiMAX Forum (www.wimaxforum.org), there is no reason to believe that WiMAX will fail to deliver on its promise of reliable fixed and mobile BWA services. In fact, WiMAX can also co-exist with other wireless technologies, such as UMTS, 3G LTE, and IEEE 802.11 WLANs, and is designed to do so. In the end, it is probably safe to say that WiMAX will go where you go.

About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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