The WiMAX Sessions

3 thoughts on “The WiMAX Sessions”

  1. what about “distributed wimax” i am not an RF engineer but if you could replace the current access point in the home with wimax, greater reach woldnt that cause what locust is trying to do?

  2. Very good points.

    WiMAX is a framework for technology development more than a ‘wireless broadband technology’. It is not static and cannot be judged by what is coming available in the near term.

    As to why it doesn’t meet all of the objectives of high bandwdith, long range and high mobility in small form factors in the early going is because many of the technologies, such as smart adaptive array antennas, are just entering the design cycle and won’t have a significant commercial impact for another 18-24 months.

    SDR/cognitive radio (IEEE 802.22 PAR), multi-mode and multi-radio trends will help mitigate some of the issues regarding the confused lanscape of spectrum allocations. That issue will remain of course. But a valid question might be, “Which standard effort best profides the framework to consolidate spectrum and systems design given this confused environment?” I’d argue that market pressures push towards use of multiple bands as needed to serve segments of the market. We can already see that cellular providers and long distrance carriers need to bridge to wifi and first mile as their established business models get pushed by the IP wireless broadband revolution.

    WiMAX is a well thought out framework that will evolve for many years. As mentioned, it hasn’t even any volume yet… so making any declarations about it’s limitations without informing about developing trends is misleading and short sighted.

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