WiMAX and WiFi Together: Extended Wireless Networks - 14/11/07

WiMAX and WiFi have combined to create extended wireless networks. By distributing high-speed internet access from cable (Digital Subscriber Line or DSL) and other fixed broadband connections within wireless hotspots, WiFi has dramatically increased productivity and convenience.

Today, nearly pervasive WiFi delivers high-speed Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) connectivity to millions of offices, homes and public locations, such as hotels, cafés, and airports. Worldwide, more than 223 million homes have WiFi connections, and there are over 127 million WiFi hotspots.

The integration of WiFi into notebooks has accelerated the adoption of WiFi to the point where it is nearly a default feature in notebooks. Over 7% of laptops ship with WiFi integrated, and an increasing number of handhelds and Consumer Electronics (CE) devices are adding WiFi capabilities. WiMAX takes wireless internet access to the next level by creating extended wireless networks, and over time, could achieve similar attach rates to devices as WiFi.

Extended wireless networks from WiMAX can deliver internet access miles from the nearest WiFi hotspot with multi-megabit per second mobile broadband internet access and blanket large areas-Wide Area Networks (WANs), be they metropolitan, suburban or rural.

Although the wide area internet connectivity offered by 2.5 and 3G cellular data services has been mobile, these services do not provide the broadband speeds to which users have become accustomed and that WiMAX can deliver.

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