WiMAX Wireless Momentum Grows

Alcatel, Seimens and Intel have all annoinced plans to coporate and work to build and advance WiMAX products and base stations. WiMAX is a emerging wireless protocol that delivers high speed data and covers a large range.

Alcatel and Intel have announced a strategic alliance for the definition, standardization, development, integration and marketing of WiMAX end-to-end solutions. This alliance will deliver solutions and products by the second half of 2005.

Siemens has joined together with Intel and the WiMAX Forum industry organization to advance the IEEE 802.16 (WiMAX) standard. Within this context, Intel and Siemens will work together on the development of WiMAX base-station infrastructure equipment as well as end user subscriber station devices to deliver to providers.

Covering frequencies up to 11 GHz, WiMAX networks have a service area range of up to 52 kilometers (31 miles) and allow users to get broadband connectivity without needing a direct line of sight to the base station. This wireless broadband technology also provides shared data rates up to 70 Mbps, which is enough bandwidth to simultaneously support more than 60 businesses with E1/T1-type connectivity and hundreds of homes with DSL-type connectivity using a single sector of a base station.

WiMAX can be deployed in emerging markets and developed countries, both in urban and rural areas. It offers either broadband access where DSL (DigitalSubscriber Line) cannot reach customers for technical or economical reasons, a last-mile alternative for competitive operators with a combined voice and broadband access offer, or nomadic access complementary to GSM/Edge, Wi-Fi and 3G.

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WiMAX SD Card out Soon!

LiveFaith @ 3/26/2004 2:11:46 PM #
I heard that SanDisk was releasing a SDIO card with WiMAX next month with Palm OS 4,5 & 6 drivers. I'm quittin' my day job.

Pat Horne; www.churchoflivingfaith.com
RE: WiMAX SD Card out Soon!
LEDO @ 3/27/2004 11:44:56 AM #
If it's from SanDisk don't get your hopes up! My confidence in their products and services has taken a big time nosedive in the past year. It's not the first time they've been working on SDIO Wi-fi.
RE: WiMAX SD Card out Soon!
RyanP @ 3/27/2004 12:41:46 PM #
I don't think so.

some things you should know about wimax.
1) testing profiles will not even be done until late 2004.
2) certified interoperable product won't be available until 2005 (perhaps late 2005)
3) there is no deployed wimax infrastructure, though some early non-certified stuff has just started to ship.
4) Low power equipment (like a card) may not make sense just yet because there is no infrastructure and will be none for a while. who, after all, has deployed wimax gear

There are though some cities that are trying to create city wide hot spots with wimax now despite everything above but don't hold your breathe for a wimax card just yet.

RE: WiMAX SD Card out Soon!
acaltabiano @ 3/27/2004 12:51:32 PM #
Either I am the only one that got it, or I am the only one that didn't get it.

But, wasn't the original post a gag - a joke?

RE: WiMAX SD Card out Soon!
tfftruoa @ 3/29/2004 1:41:27 AM #
It was a gag. People who got it probably laughed. People who didn't posted about their doubts.

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RE: WiMAX SD Card out Soon!
LiveFaith @ 3/29/2004 9:28:06 AM #
A gag. But, I did hear that both political parties were really serious about balancing the budget and cutting pork spending.

Pat Horne; www.churchoflivingfaith.com
RE: WiMAX SD Card out Soon!
A9700rO @ 9/21/2004 12:57:25 PM #
What another SD wireless device from ScamDisk*Cough*SanDisk. I wouldn't get my hopes too high.


sremick @ 3/26/2004 3:16:16 PM #
With a range like that, I hope they get the security right this time.

RE: Security
just_little_me @ 3/26/2004 5:18:08 PM #
If, by "right", you mean totally, unbreakable security then forget it. Nothing is, or ever will be... there are always to many trade-offs which ultimately compromise the security of any system.


RE: Security
Wollombi @ 3/28/2004 5:41:21 AM #
Well, to be honest, the majority of us don't have data that is critical to national security or anything like that, so *good*, or *very good/excellent* will do.


Always remember that you are unique. Just like everyone else.

RE: Security
Winter_ @ 3/28/2004 1:37:19 PM #
I only ask for something not as utterly laughable as WEP is in the current standard... :P


HiWire @ 3/27/2004 10:10:53 PM #
I understand the techie excitement for this new standard, but shouldn't we aim for better cellular speeds and networks? It seems they have broader, established coverage and competitive pricing structures.

Palm m505 User
RE: Why?
tfftruoa @ 3/29/2004 1:33:57 AM #
It exactly opposite. A cellchone only has reception as long as there is a tower near by. I don't know the range of cellphone towers, it may be much greater than these, but the WiMax has much greater bandwidth. Basically, with a WiMax tower and a voip cellphone, you have all your phone and internet needs for entire nieghborhoods met by a signle tower.

Cellphone service is slow, and its not in the forseeable futute going to catch up to the 802 family of wireless.
The future is replacing all cellphone coverage with new technology like this that uses much higher speed/bandwidth networks for both voice and data.

The Federation for the Responsible Use of Acronyms

RE: Why?
HiWire @ 3/29/2004 11:43:18 PM #
I've given it a bit more thought, and here's what I've come up with:

1) WiMax breaks the cellular system, so you don't have to follow the telecom's rules
2) Faster (as stated above)
3) Could be more efficient for peer-to-peer networking or a pico-network (a la Bluetooth).
4) Maybe less power-consumption (?)

Palm m505 User

WiMAX already deployed in Portland OR

johnbartley @ 3/29/2004 6:02:23 PM #
A WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider), VeriLan
already has 802.16 systems deployed in the Portland (Oregon) Metro area. The yellow area on the map shows the are covered by the WiMAX system, while the green area shows the lesser area covered by their 802.11b net.

If, indeed, the specson WiMAX are not yet finalized, this probably is an early version of 802.16, but, who cares? It's been my experience that, when you're buying hardware for one specific purpose (wireless net feed), early releases will serve well.



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