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Issue #2003 - 13 (April 2003)
(Updated Apr. 16, 2003)


Intel & Others Join Group to Promote 802.16 - Wireless Broadband Standard

Leading communications component and equipment companies have joined a non-profit corporation, WiMAX, to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless access equipment. WiMAX's current members now include Airspan Networks, Alvarion Ltd., Aperto Networks, Ensemble Communications Inc., Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Intel Corporation, Nokia, OFDM Forum, Proxim Corporation and Wi-LAN Inc.

The group's efforts will focus on accelerating the introduction of wireless broadband equipment into the marketplace that adheres to the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.16 technical standard, speeding up last-mile broadband deployment worldwide.

The 802.16 standard is a wireless metropolitan area network technology that will connect 802.11 hot spots to the Internet and provide a wireless extension to cable and DSL for last mile broadband access. It provides up to 31 miles of linear service area range and allows users to get broadband connectivity without needing a direct line of sight to the base station. The wireless broadband technology also provides shared data rates up to 70 Mbps, which is enough bandwidth to simultaneously support more than 60 businesses with T1-type connectivity and hundreds of homes with DSL-type connectivity using a single sector of a base station. A typical base station has up to six sectors.

Source: Reuters, 802.11 Planet, CBS MarketWatch, Computerworld, CNET News.com, Wall Street Journal via CTIA to MobileInfo.Com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: We expect Wireless Metro Area broadband Networks based on IEEE 802.16 to become important components of wireless infrastructure in future. The question one would raise is - If WiFi serves campuses, WMAN (Wireless Metro Area Networks based on IEEE 802.16 standard) serves the metropolitan areas, what would 3G's role be in future? We are not concerned about 3G become irrelevant and feel that current implementation of 3G will become a component of a meshed network infrastructure with full roaming across multiple networks (WLAN, WMAN and 3G WWAN). In the final analysis, we do need multiple wireless technologies. Also, the stronger and economically-more efficient technologies will outsmart the weaker, less efficient and expensive ones. We expect local municipalities and public safety agencies to benefit from IEEE 802.16 more than anybody else. 

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