WIMAX 2: Approved In November, Launching 2012?

Posted: Aug 16 2010, 10:25am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

WIMAX 2: Approved In November, Launching 2012?
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WIMAX: The Sequel.

As a Sprint 4G customer, I can attest that WIMAX speeds are very impressive. And, Fudzilla reports, they'll be getting even more impressive in the not-too-distant future. The WIMAX Forum industry group expects the IEEE to settle on the new 802.16m standard in November of this year. Hardware will be approved across 2011 and, that year or the next, we should see the first WIMAX 2 towers go live.

While current WIMAX devices manage to get between 3 and 5 Mbps, WIMAX 2 could manage to hit speeds of 100 Mbps. Every nerd reading this just had minor heart palpitations reading that sentence. And, since Intel, Samsung and other industry players are working to accelerate the adoption of 802.16m, we could see that launch be closer to 2011 than 2012.

Since the new hardware will be very similar to the old, current WIMAX devices are expected to be able to benefit from the new standard. The change in tower hardware will be minimal, and technicians aren't expected to need to learn a whole lot of new tricks to get things working.

Obviously, major upgrades like this rarely work as smoothly as the press releases make you hope, but we can still wish the WIMAX Forum the best of luck in getting this rad new tech on the streets as soon as possible.

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