Introduction to WiMax 2
Nearly a year has passed since the WiMax revolution took place in the United States. With WiMax, the audience and the market in general saw a massive evolution in technology. But the excitement of WiMax does not end there. Today, we are all set to see a sequel to WiMax.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, who are the creators of WiMax, are anticipated to be providing a concluding authorization for the 802.16m standard, which is also commonly known as “WiMax 2”, this summer. One of the prime companies to be providing the commercial WiMax services, namely U.S. ISP Clear Wire, in the United States of America, has claimed that its future plans are to test and assess the 802.16m, “WiMax 2” sometime in the year 2011, as it hopes to inaugurate the technology in 2012.
What We Know About WiMax 2
So what is it that we currently know about WiMax 2 ? Well, for starters, it is known to be a backward compatible with 802.16e, known as the WiMax, set that is at present being used by operators all over the United States of America. In short, this actually means that whenever, Clear Wire upgrades and enhances to the new standard, that being the WiMax 2, it will be able to carry this all out at an approximately low cost and with the smallest amount of disruption caused to the already working systems.
Advantage of WiMax 2
It is also a known fact that WiMax 2 will no doubt be extensively much faster than WiMax. The Vice President Mohammad Shakouri, of the WiMax forum claims that the main targeted objective for the new WiMax 2 standard, will be to bring about an average downlink speeds of more than 100 Mbps to its users and consumers. However, on the other hand, much in contrast to Mr. Shakouri’s claims, Sprint’s preliminary Xohm WiMax contributions, which initially debuted in the commercial market in 2008, has only delivered downlink speeds that have been ranging between 3.7M to 5 Mbps.
According to Mr. Shakouri, the 802.16m, “WiMax 2”, is going to deliver much higher speeds all the way through an amalgamation of using elegant antenna expertise and by also making use of a multi-channel advancement.
The Single Disadvantage of WiMax 2
The downside of this new evolution is that while WiMax 2 standard will be giving the technology one of the most important speed boosts, Shakouri alleges, that WiMax 2 will not propogate any farther than the present WiMax equipment which by now covers approximately 31 square miles per access point. At the same time Shakouri says that the main aim of 802.16m, WiMax 2, is basically on how to achieve a much larger capacity of the data rate to the same number of user at present.
The WiMax Forum at present is functioning on an 802.16m, WiMax 2, certification profile for the creators, as it is assumed that it will be up and running and fully functioning by the time IEEE confirms the standard in September. If all is going to go according to plan, then Shakouri hopes to see the WiMax 2 pieces of equipment to start working and to strike the market one year from now. The same procedure took place when WiMax, 802.16e, was being built up. It took nearly a year for its certification and to have all of its related devices out. Therefore, the industry looks forward to having the WiMax 2 network devices in the second half of 2011.