Well, its not my best work but its done. Enjoy. Over the last two decades wireless connectivity has grown considerably in both its range and speed. One of the newer technologies that has shown real potential to change how wireless broadband service is delivered is WiMax. This technology has a few different applications in many regions around the globe, but it has no lack of challenges associated with it as well. Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, or WiMax, wirelessly delivers data transfer rates up to 70Mbps at a range up to 30 miles (White, 2012, p. 87). WiMax works in a similar way to cell phones. A wired internet connection is made to a tower which transmits the signal out to specialized receivers (MegaPath, n.d.). Originally it was intended to deliver internet access to homes and businesses (Segan, 2012). Many ISPs continue to use this method, because it eliminates the need to run expensive lines directly to each client and can provide speeds comparable to DSL (Segan, 2012). This technology gained popularity when it was launched in 2008 in cell phones as the medium through which Sprint provided their 4G service (Segan, 2012). This IEEE 802.20 standard is capable of operating with devices moving up to 180 mph and can transfer data in excess of a million bps (White, 2012, p. 87)! Despite the potential for this application of WiMax, LTE service runs on a more favorable frequency, so that has become the more popular choice for cell providers (Segan, 2012). Currently WiMax is in place in countries all over the globe. As of mid-2009 there were 472 commercial WiMax deployments in 139 countries (Gabriel, 2009). As the technology continues to mature, new applications and devices are created, and more players are involved some challenges are presented. With more devices having 802.16 standards built in, making sure that back office systems are compatible with all of them could be a problem (Gabriel, 2009). The other main challenge for WiMax applications is roaming. Some proponents of WiMax believe that using a similar approach as wifi, where routers all work the same way enabling devices pf all kinds to get connected, is the best way to resolve these issues (Gabriel, 2009). As community developments continue to expand and technology is introduced to more rural areas around the world, WiMax will make supplying large areas with broadband internet access much easier. It is clear that this technology provides considerable benefits for both customers and providers and will continue to be a part of our networks for many years to come.
Posted on: Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:19:16 +0000
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