15 Mbps Wireless Broadband Inches Closer

Quote from the article at InfoSync:

“The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) has approved the 2004 draft of the new 802.16 WiMax specification, while Intel and Proxim have teamed up to build it. If successful, it could spell wireless broadband faster than any currently-available connection.

WiMax stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, and is the trade-name for the IEEE 802.16 specification the same way that Wi-Fi is the trade name for 802.11-based specifications. Unlike Wi-Fi, however, WiMax is designed to blanket an area as large as 2.5 square km with wireless data service at up to 15 Mbps, faster than any current DSL or cable broadband landline service. It can also transmit directional signals between towers as far as 48 km apart, and at speeds up to 75 Mbps. That places it as a competitor to both landline broadband services as well as 3G carriers in densly populated areas. “

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