As mentioned several times while talking about WiMAX that this technology is not been widely adopted yet, in some parts of the world this technology is quite unknown where as some countries use WiMAX technology for residences or SOHO purpose, but it is yet be adopted on any governmental scale. These are most common applications of WiMAX which can be used for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA).
1. Residential or Home and Broadband Internet Access:
DSL and cable internet technologies are widely used in residentially and in SOHO. These technologies have strong hold on market by satisfying and meeting the needs of broadband internet users. Taking over from these users for WiMAX technology based internet may be not possible at given time, however internet provided by WiMAX bases station towers can be well utilized within the rural areas where DSL and Cable internet facilities are not available. Using WiMAX internet technology brings reliability to the customers as it being the wireless in nature there are no apparent mediums required to use it. WiMAX base station will simply connect to customer premises device and that will be all. Deploying WiMAX technology is very useful for developing countries where setup and reliability of Land line telecommunication infrastructure is poor.
2. Medium and small size business:
The WiMAX Wireless broadband Access (WBA) can be very well suited to provide the reliability and can meet the needs of small to medium scale business especially in low density area, whereas this may not work at its full potential in the area of high density. It has spectral limitation issues. There is a possibility that bandwidth may not be sufficient enough to provide access to large clients in high density area. This could bring the cost way up.
3. Backhaul networks for cellular base stations:
Backhaul networks for cellular base stations can be provided by bypassing the PSTN networks, Public Switched Telephone Network. This cost effective alternative can be achieved by cellular services by looking into Wireless backhaul. Strong WiMAX technology can be preferable choice for backhaul for enterprises such as hotspots and point to point backhaul access solutions.
4. WiFi Hotspots
This can allow users to access internet remotely by roaming out side office and homes. There are several Hotspots and WiMax backhauls which are providing wireless solutions to wireless networks.