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Intel, Samsung And Others Look For 300Mbps In WiMAX 2 Standard

Intel, Samsung And Others Look For 300Mbps In WiMAX 2 Standard

Intel and Samsung have been working together for years on various projects, one of which includes WiMAX. Both are supporters of the standard, and both have lent loads of money, time, effort and research into moving it forward. But as we all know, no existing technology is ever good enough to hang around forever, and the next best thing is always waiting in the wings. In this case, we're talking about WiMAX 2.

Intel recently confessed that they were working closely with both Samsung and Motorola (among others, possibly) to develop the next-generation of WiMAX, a standard that would best 4G and hopefully take things faster than where they are today. As nice as Clear's service is, which operates on a 4G WiMAX network, it's not that much faster than 3G in many scenarios, and it's certainly nowhere near as fast as a hard-line broadband connection.



The new group, called WiMAX 2 Collaboration Initiative, will work together to "accelerate interoperability of the next release of WiMAX technology, WiMAX 2, based upon the IEEE 802.16m standard." The new standard will be backwards compatible, and will meet the International Telecommunications Union requirements for 4G or “IMT-Advanced. Early reports suggest that WiMAX 2 could deliver peak rates of more than 300Mbps, not to mention lower latency and increased VoIP capacity.

The 802.16m air interface standard definition began in 2006 in the IEEE as a follow-on to 802.16e, and is expected to be completed in the 2nd half of 2010. When Sprint, Clear and anyone else will join in to start selling the service is anyone's guess.


As the 4G wireless broadband industry begins to take shape, it is imperative to evolve the industry model to create a better value chain for service providers. With this goal in mind, leading WiMAX vendors Alvarion, Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Sequans, XRONet and ZTE as well as the Taiwanese research organization, ITRI, have launched the WiMAX 2 Collaboration Initiative (WCI). The group will work closely with the WiMAX Forum to accelerate the implementation of interoperable system profiles for WiMAX 2 equipment and devices with the goal of improving the economics of mobile broadband. The objectives of the group include:

  • Technology collaboration and joint performance benchmarking;
  • Joint testing of 4G applications over WiMAX 2 solutions;
  • Early network level interoperability testing;
  • Plugfests to prepare for WiMAX Forum certification.

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This is what we need a true WiMax 2 rollout, I remember hearing Intel was deeply involved in WiMax but I guess it never really took off. I know they did a few rollouts in Atlanta and a few other cities but we need a broad rollout on a massive scale. Hopefully AT&T can get on board with this and new smart phones will be compatible. The second half of 2010 is approaching fast and with the I-Phone headed to other carriers who knows how this will shake out or who gets shaked out for that matter. Again the mobile market is just starting to emerge as there is plenty of growth left in this space and not enough capacity to service it all as we all read the stats that said mobile data has surpassed voice data.

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Lets just hope :). When they figure this out and all is good we will wait for it to be on smart phones. I would love a faster connection on my iphone...

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I think many people are not aware of what WiMax is capable of. For casual users, they only know Wi-Fi. Intel and Samsung should bring more awareness on what the WiMax 2 can offer. By educating people about their products, consumers will be interested on investing the technology. In other words, marketing is the key to their success rather than R&D itself.

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I think that the mobile market is really starting to hit it's blossoming point. For years now Phone Companies have been pumping out better and smarter phones, nothing really innovative or revolutionary though save for the iPhone if you consider it. 

Remember when texting without T9Word was released, new phones that sported a QWERTY keyboard. That was just a few years ago. For at least 10 years phones have looked better, but they haven't always performed better. 

I think that's all about to change after reading this article. 3G and 4G networks are already pretty fast, I have a Blackberry with a 3G network, and it's satisfactory, but I haven't tested a 4G phone yet. And this WiMAX 2 is promising to best the two? Awesome. 

Now, it says that the new standard will be backwards compatible. Is that only for the 4G network or the 3G as well? If it doesn't include me I will be sad. 300Mbps is incredible for a phone though. Imagine loading Facebook faster! Lol.....

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I really hope Intel can come up with a better solution. G4 Is good, I have the Clear wire WiMAx and this 30GB limit is kind of a pain.

When I have the Hot Hardware site up, and it does its refresh thing, it starts eating into that monthly limit every time it downloads the page.

I did have a cable line before that, and it was faster and more stable than the G4 USB, and it didn't have the limitations. I feel the G4/G3 question is a good solution for the wireless market. Yet I am hopeful that the new Fiber Optic lines will be the good choice for home connections.

I am not as concerned about loading facebook faster as I am about having more freedom on the net, while still having good security. With the more wireless connections I am sure we will see more people getting in trouble for the things being done on their address from outside users. Just think of all the people you know that get their Internet from their neighbors unsecured wireless.

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