How WiMAX changes the way people connect to the Internet

In the expanding world of technology, people think of new ways to improve tried and true products. The Internet takes no exception to this, and has saw the creation of dial-up, then broadband, followed by wireless Internet (Wi-Fi), and now the dawning of WiMAX. The last is a new form of wireless Internet that will revolutionize the way people connect online.    wimax logo

WiMAX is a similar technology to Wi-Fi. It is a wireless networking technology that spreads over great distances, which allows users to take advantage of the networking services. It is the wireless equivalent to broadband that could result in citywide wireless networking capabilities. It has a range of about 30 miles, making it particularly useful in metropolitan areas. Additionally, it may become the primary source of wireless Internet connectivity in developing countries that don’t have Wi-Fi and cellular technologies.

Its performance increases not only in range, but in speed too. The typical speeds for this connection type reaches up at about 70 megabits per second (Mbps), on average. This could be comparable to 3G speeds, where a crowded area with hundreds of home users or multiple commercial users, whereas less densely populated or utilized areas may see significant improvements in data transfer rates over 3G. Overall, performance should guarantee similar speeds to that of a normal cable-modem connection.

While the two different connection types are very similar, they also greatly differ. For one, Wi-Fi reaches a maximum speed of 54 Mbps, whereas as previously mentioned, WiMAX reaches 70 Mbps. Secondly, Wi-Fi can only achieve a range of maybe a few hundred feet. This means that the need for hotspots placed around cities by businesses such as coffee shops and fast food restaurants would be reduced as connections by WiMAX would extend over entire cities, or at least large portions of them. In addition, Wi-Fi usually needs a direct line-of-sight between the access point and the device attempting to connect, whereas the latter option does not and can better penetrate large objects such as buildings.

How WiMAX makes college life “Easier”

While packing a backpack complete with pencil case might have been how past generations were heading off to high school, today’s teens are used to having their laptops and their phones, where texting is forever happening and Facebook statuses are always being updated. It’s no surprise that college students these days spend considerable chunks of time online, whether it’s working on research for papers or staying in touch with friends who are on-campus or back home. And because so many majors are focused on the tech-savvy world and having students ready to leap right in, it only makes sense that the institutions themselves are starting to require college students to be adequately equipped with technology that can make the learning experience better. Also means they can stay connected with friends via social networks.

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The spread of technology means more wireless internet on-campus and better chances for learning how to use particular pieces of equipment right, but it also means that more people than ever before are all having to use the same strained network while they are studying for finals in the library or having cram sessions with others out on the quad. And add to that the fact that most college students are so savvy about not needing to spend money on buying music or movies, and there’s an epic amount of downloading happening that is likely to slow anything to a crawl, depending on the amount of traffic that could possibly be whizzing around at any point in time. When the traffic picks up around key periods of the semester, like finals and midterms, it can get a little bit stressful, too. After all, no one wants to be late on something important, and when it’s tough to figure out what’s going to happen with the network, sometimes that means feeling a little bit confused.

Enter the superior method for connecting these days, WiMAX. Instead of being focused on coverage for a small area, it was the first type of web service that was more interested in providing the chance to get online from coast to coast, much like how cell phone companies are able to provide extensive coverage that makes it possible for people to stay on the line as they drive from state to state. This means that there is no remembering passwords, no being stressed when all of the sudden the campus-wide network slows to a crawl right when it’s time to upload something crucial, and a whole lot less time wondering whether or not it’s going to be a ridiculous pain to go off-campus and still try to get work done.

No matter the major, the chance to actually just open up a laptop and stop working is the reason that WiMAX makes so much sense for college students, even if there happens to be something like free Wi-Fi involved. For those who want to get the same amount of proactive work done on-campus as is taking place off-campus, then there’s just no better way to get connected these days.

Intel WiMAX FAQS

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WiMAX is a new way of subscribing to mobile Internet access through a wireless connection, direct to your service provider. It gives you reliable, convenient broadband access on the go, for real-time information and entertainment.

• Does WiMAX replace Wi-Fi?

No. WiMAX and Wi-Fi are complementary technologies. WiMAX can fill in gaps between Wi-Fi hotspots, extending your wireless reach.

• Do I need special equipment to connect to WiMAX networks?

Yes. A single Intel wireless solution can deliver both WiMAX and Wi-Fi access to your notebook. Look for Intel® Centrino® processor technology-based notebooks with Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 or Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 coming soon.

• Do I need to set up the WiMAX access point like I did for Wi-Fi?

No. All you need is your WiMAX enabled device and either a subscription or pay-as-you-go plan, and you can connect to a network maintained by a service provider offering WiMAX service in your area.

• If I switch service providers, can I take my equipment with me?

Yes. WiMAX equipment is based on open standards, just like Wi-Fi.

The development of WiMAX is still on going

Internationally WiMAX is the leading 4G technology. “WiMAX Forum certified products are the backbone to creating an open, interoperable network,” says Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. “504 deployments in 145 countries speak for themselves.” During 2009 Intel and Huawei set up a WiMAX interoperability laboratory. Based on both WiMAX infrastructure and terminal equipment provided by Huawei and Intel, the laboratory replicates a real end-to-end test environment. Ensuring interoperability between infrastructure and end-user devices is key to delivering highly matured and rapidly deployable solutions. And that is what WiMAX is achieving.

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What stops South African Telco’s from introducing mobile WiMAX? From the cellular providers point of view it is perhaps that migration from 3G to 4G is easier when taking the LTE route than to forklift to WiMAX. The others, who knows? WiMAX is being used to provide fixed connections.

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Telkom offers it to customers where they cannot provide DSL. Neotel, Screamer and others have also deployed WiMAX but in a fixed configuration. Other companies like Poynting are offering a range of WiMAX antennas and vendors such as Alvarion and Motorola all have WiMAX-certified equipment ready to be shipped and deployed.

Virgin media’s WiMAX offer!

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If you are a customer on one of the existing plans, you will be able to stay on that plan if you don’t change to a different plan. If you change plans – for example, if you are on the $35 plan and move to the new $25 plan — you will not be able to migrate back to the $35 plan. The existing Unlimited 4G WiMAX plans ($5/day, $35/month, and $55/month will be closed for further activations and migrations beginning 11/1/13.

Why is Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go no longer providing a plan with Unlimited 4G WiMAX data?

As Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go has evolved, newer technology and devices have been introduced. Our goal is to offer the best product, value, and user experience for our customers. The structure of the existing plans (capped 3G and Unlimited 4G WiMAX) was best to meet the usage needs of our customers at the time. As those needs are ever-changing, we are adjusting our portfolio to best meet customer needs – that means providing competitive 3G/4G WiMAX data allotments at simple, diversified price points.

What are the data speeds of Virgin Mobile’s Broadband2Go 3G/4G devices?

Operating on the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) Network, the Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go Overdrive ProTM 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot and the U600 3G/4G USB Sticks average speeds ranging between 3 – 6 mbps as compared to 600 kbps – 1.4 mbps on the 3G Nationwide Sprint Network – that’s up to 10 times faster!* The Sprint 4G (WiMAX) Network reaches over 70 markets in the US.wimax logo

*Based on download speed comparison of Sprint 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps – 1.4 mbps) vs. Sprint 4G avg. speeds (3 – 6 mbps). Actual speeds may vary based upon plan or other factors. These Virgin Mobile’s Broadband2Go devices operate on the Sprint 4G WiMAX Network.

Are T-Mobile using WiMAX?

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Not at the moment, however everyone knows it can’t be long until T-Mobile switch from their HSPA+ network over to WiMAX.

They chose six locations around Philadelphia: five downtown, and one in the suburbs. At each location, we tried each technology, ran three different speed tests, and for each test, used at least three different test servers located in different but nearby cities. These were then averaged to get the speed for that technology and location combination.

If they tried this in a different city, the results might be a bit different, and even just using slightly different locations in Philadelphia would change the overall average a bit. However, having performed well over 300 tests total, in a variety of locations, they feel confident that their results reflect what users should expect.

The bottom line is that Sprint’s WiMAX network and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network delivered roughly similar download speeds, just shy of 3 Mbps on average. These are real-world, average speeds, not ideal numbers skewed by a marketing department. 3 Mbps is easily twice as fast as your typical real-world speed with 3G, and faster even than many home DSL connections.

Vodafone testing WiMAX across the world!

The Vodafone Group is conducting WiMAX trials in different parts of the world but it was in Malta where it launched commercial services first. Joseph Cuschieri, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Vodafone Malta, explains to Ken Wieland why the Vodafone subsidiary believes WiMAX is a perfect fit for delivering broadband to the home.

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Malta is Europe’s smallest telecom market but it may prove to be a hugely significant one for the WiMAX industry. In June 2007, Vodafone-the largest mobile operator in the world in terms of revenue-launched its first commercial WiMAX service via its Maltese subsidiary.

If Vodafone Malta has a good WiMAX experience then it would do the technology’s chances no harm at all of being adopted by Vodafone on a larger scale.

The good news for WiMAX supporters is that Joseph Cuschieri, CCO at Vodafone Malta, is pleased with the technology’s performance so far and is giving positive feedback to the Vodafone Group. “The public are embracing the technology,” he says. “It is proving a good substitute for traditional fixed-line services and we are satisfied with the take-up, particularly as we are up against providers who have been in the broadband market a long time. Vodafone has had to work hard at being perceived as an Internet broadband provider.”

Using 802.16d equipment from Airspan in the 3.5GHz frequency band-7 channels of 3.5MHz-Vodafone Malta has achieved island-wide coverage with 24 base stations and an investment of around Eur2m.

Vodafone‘s WiMAX strategy is to provide a fixed-line broadband product to complement its mobile service and has managed to attract 2,000 subscriptions. Vodafone Malta, with over 200,000 mobile subscribers, is the largest mobile operator on the island, which has a population of around 400,000.

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But how does Vodafone Malta distinguish its WiMAX offering from its 3G service (to which it has 5,000 subscribers since launch last year), particularly as it will upgrade its HSDPA network later this year from 1.8Mbps maximum downlink speeds to 3.6Mbps? After all, some mobile operators in Europe-most notably Telekom Austria-are already using HSDPA as a DSL substitute. With Vodafone’s enormous purchasing power, the 3G route to fixed broadband might be even more attractive than it is for Telekom Austria, but Cuschieri doesn’t see it that way-at least not where Malta is concerned.

Vodafone have recently started to release there 4G network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What orange have to offer with WiMAX

“Enjoy unlimited and convenient Internet access for your office”

This service gives you permanent access to the Internet, using WiMAX technology solution to connect your office to the Orange network. Orange provides you connectivity to our fast, reliable, un-congested network.

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The offer:

This offer is dedicated for small and medium businesses,

Orange has a national coverage in main cities of Uganda and proposes indoor or outdoor WiMAX CPEs (routers) according to coverage at your premises.

On the best network in Uganda, we offer you bandwidth with speed up to 1 Mbps.

We propose symmetrical links so you can enjoy same speed for uploads and downloads, up to 1 Mbps.

Service is carried out through our WiMAX cutting-edge technology.

Price of the offer is affordable and responds to most of small and medium business’s needs.
To find out more contact orange directly and speak with them about availability.

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Orange Uganda guarantees an excellent quality of service,

Your employees gain efficiency and productivity with an “always-on” and performing service.

We propose you flat rates for an unlimited usage: no bill shock for you at the end of each month and no service cutting to ensure your business does not stop. Also; Fast installation, Corporate Customer Care 24/7 and Maintenance of the link is at no extra cost.

 

      

 

 

 

      

Why WiMAX?

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WiMAX success stems from a robust vision incorporating four  key strengths:

• Open standards-based, interoperable technology built from the ground up for the Internet fosters innovation and competition.

• Vibrant, growing ecosystem of industry leaders such as Intel, Sprint, Clear wire, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, Cisco, and hundreds of Other companies.

• Global economies of scale and more attractive intellectual property environment that enable lower costs compared to other wireless technologies.

• Advanced wireless technology that enables a faster wireless broadband solution for doing more on the go.

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WiMAX is a robust standard designed for the Internet. It’s born from the same open-standards approach that made Wi-Fi so successful. Nurturing WiMAX deployment in the real world is the WiMAX Forum, a large industry-wide collaboration that works to ensure that WiMAX service and products work together seamlessly. Everybody knows its not long now until WiMAX takes off!

 

 

 

 

The first Country to have WiMAX

The tiny (very tiny: 100 sq. mi., 1.2 million people) Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius was the world’s first country to deploy a complete nationwide high-speed wireless network. The government calculates that the new network will make the beautiful island a hub of cyber business activity, expanding the small nation’s economy beyond tourism and fishing. Navini nomadic broadband wireless access will offer coverage of the entire island, part of it rather mountainous and rugged, addressing the residential, business, and recreational needs of the island’s population and year-round visitors. The deployment will take advantage of next-generation 802.16e-based WiMax.

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Navini’s system is a non-line-of-sight (NLOS) WWAN solution featuring smart antennas. The technology provides a wide range of coverage, extending miles from the base station. Since it is a zero-install solution within the area of NLOS coverage, customers will have no problem to get it going. In conjunction with this island-wide WiMax deployment, the government of Mauritius announced it was becoming an e-government: By the end of the year every Mauritian will be able to conduct any and every business related to the government online and wirelessly throughout the country. Citizens ordering services on-line will be able to access these services the same day the service is ordered. The entire network was installed by ADB Networks the main Internet Service Provider.