Overview: WiMAX1 is an acronym for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. It is a next generation wireless network communications technology. WiMAX is similar to Wi-Fi, except that WiMAX provides high-speed, broadband access over a much larger area. WiMAX networks also enjoy less interference than Wi-Fi. Notebook computers and mobile internet devices enabled for WiMAX service can access the Internet nearly everywhere within the large coverage area, and in places where Wi-Fi hotspots are not available. WiMAX enables mobile internet access. For example, you could be in a bus traveling across the city, and remain continuously connected to the internet. WiMAX will deliver Internet access speeds similar to DSL and cable connections, directly to your WiMAX enabled notebook computer or mobile Internet device. For fixed WiMAX stations, characterized by home or office subscriber modem and outdoor antenna, the range of coverage may encompass several square miles.
- WiMAX will do for broadband Internet access what the cell phone did for telephone service—give you access to the Internet while you’re on the move.
- WiMAX will deliver Internet access speeds similar to DSL and cable connections, directly to your WiMAX enabled notebook computer or mobile Internet device.
- WiMAX won’t replace Wi-Fi, but rather will fill in between hotspots and extend your Internet access on the go.
Benefits: WiMAX provides access to the Internet in far more places than current Wi-Fi hotspots. WiMAX serves mobile users with a broader range of wireless coverage. High-speed connections provide access to richer content, more complex media and gaming experiences. WiMAX transmits broadband Internet connectivity into more of the places where you live, work, and play. Imagine broadband on the go, enabled by WiMAX:
- Video conferencing from the park.
- Looking up the nearest local bookstore or getting directions to a restaurant while on the move.
- Downloading movies while at the soccer field.
- Streaming radio and television broadcasts off the Internet.
- Staying productive on the road without searching for hotspots.
- Engaging in a multi-player, three dimensional video battle, while on a train.
Availability: WiMAX1 is coming to cities and localities across the United States. To see if WiMAX is available near you, visit WiMAX Technology.
Technical information: WiMAX, a term created by the WiMAX Forum*, is a high-speed, broadband wireless digital telecommunications system intended for large coverage areas. Fixed station access can extend up to 30 miles (50 km) while mobile stations range from 3 - 10 miles (5 - 15 km). It is based on the IEEE 802.16* standard for wireless metropolitan area networks (WMANs).
1 WiMAX connectivity requires a WiMAX-enabled device and subscription to a WiMAX broadband service. WiMAX connectivity may require you to purchase additional software or hardware at extra cost. Availability of WiMAX is limited; check with your carrier for details on availability and network limitations. Broadband performance and results may vary due to environmental factors and other variables. See WiMAX Technology for more information.
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