WiMax Could Extend Broadband Internet Exponentially

February 28, 2005
February 28, 2005 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – WiMax technology aka IEEE 802.16, wireless broadband internet over radio networks, may not explode into the North American market where 85% of households already have broadband access, as reported by Reuters, but in the developing world and in rural areas WiMax has a massive level of potential.

"The WiMax market in other geographies will dwarf that of North America," said Forrester analyst Charles Golvin, who believes WiMax makes more sense for some parts of Europe and developing countries where broadband is not very common.
On the other hand SlashDot has optimistically predicted that WiMax could “cover North America”.

Proponents say that WiMAX wireless coverage will be measured in square kilometers/miles while that of WiFi is measured in square meters/yards.

According to WiMAX promoters, a WiMAX base station would beam high-speed Internet connections to homes and businesses in a radius of up to 50 km (31 miles).

That could certainly appeal to developing nations where the cost of setting up DSL or cable broadband infrastructure is quite high.
Look to see WiMax start to take a hold by the end of 2005.




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