Monday, October 22, 2007

WiMax gets nod as a 3G standard

WiMax has been approved as a standard for 3G services by ITU as reported by IHT, WirelessWeek. What this means is that WiMax technology can be now deployed in the 2.5 - 2.69 GHz licensed spectrum bands. This announcement will push forward 3G spectrum auctions in many geographies at a rapid pace.

WiMax technology brings broadband to wireless offering data applications 10 megabits per second to 40 megabits per second speeds under most conditions. Intel has been promoting WiMax for sometime now and the approval is seen a shot in the arm for the technology's adoption in devices ranging from laptops to mobile phones.

WiMax had been contending for approval with at least two other technologies - LTE ( long term evolution ) promoted by Ericsson and Ultra Mobile Broadband promoted by Qualcomm. WiMax had gained momentum by the backing of personal computer makers - Acer and Lenovo and mobile phone leader Nokia among others.


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