What is WIMAX?
WIMAX, Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access [Wy-Max] (IEEE 802.16) is the standard in wireless networking for Wireless Wide Area Networks (WWAN).
WIMAX is used in the provision of symmetrical broadband internet access. WIMAX competes directly with wired broadband access technologies: SDSL, ADSL, Leased Line, fibre and HFC (hybrid fibre/co-ax) provision.
WIMAX can be deployed in urban areas where non-line-of-sight working is feasible (although range is reduced). WIMAX can also be deployed to provide access to rural and remote communities where other technologies are not economic (e.g. satellite).
Broadband Wi-Max networks cover distances up to 30 miles. This means it has the potential to provide broadband access in rural areas that are too far from a telephone exchange to receive broadband.
Wi-Fi and WIMAX are complementary technologies. WIMAX is a "last mile" technology which connects businesses and homes to the high-speed Broadband Internet. Wi-Fi provides the wireless LAN connectivity within a building, a home, or public hotspot.
In the laptops of the future, you may have both WIMAX and Wi-Fi technology to make broadband connections to the Internet. These two technologies have been designed as close cousins, and will work together to provide the best connection for your needs.
What can WIMAX do for your business?
Improve productivity: High Speed Broadband Internet Access, up to 300Mbps over 30 miles
Save money: Leased line replacement, point-to-point or point-to-multipoint
Free calls: Rural broadband internet access allowing Voice over IP (VoIP), Free Telephone Voice Calls across the Network
Enhance Security: Wireless Surveillance, monitor images from anywhere with wireless cameras in remote sites. Install CCTV wireless cameras to secure your outbuildings, public areas, land areas, and machinery.