Wimax to replace Wi-Fi

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Wi-Fi technology is set to be replaced by Wimax according to analysts. By 21010, Wimax will be the technology of choice for public wireless networks according to US-based Gartner.

The two attractions in particular of Wimax is wider area coverage than Wi-Fi and operation in licensed as well as unlicensed spectrum.

Last month, the Wimax Forum tested key mobility features such as such as handover, or “roaming mobile” – where a terminal is handed off between two base stations, simulating a mobile environment.

Although some low-cost products have been tested for compatibility with the 802.16-2005 Wimax standard, are not expected to become available until late 2007, and integration into large numbers of PCs and PDAs was not expected before 2010.

Source: Ken Rutkwoksi

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