The WiMAX Discussion

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  1. macdiver

    macdiver PhilMUG Addict Member

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    ever heard of WiMAX?

    we all know about the different wireless connections like GSM, CDMA, GPRS, EDGE, WiFi, UMTS and HSDPA and these are all available in our country. recently, my malaysian friend told me that they have the latest broadband wireless access called WiMAX. he says it is similar to WIFI, but with a greater range of signal. i searched for it on the internet and found this piece of information regarding this technology.

    how soon will this wireless technology reach our country? i hope globe will provide this service to their globe visibility subscribers soon.


    http://www.wimax.com/education
     
  2. bulls96

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    Re: WiMAX. the next broadband wireless access platform.

    Yes it is the next generation of WiFi. To put it in simpler terms, if today we have 3G, WiMAX=4G.

    I have discussed this in greater length in another forum (http://home.mapalad.org/viewthread.php?tid=14582) in relation to its tie up with Palm's next gen product in the latter part of this year. Sprint is spearheading this campaign over here at the US, and Palm's answer to the iPhone (http://www.engadget.com/2007/03/06/palm-to-serve-up-ultra-thin-wimax-smartphone-this-year/) is said to be the first WiMAX enabled smartphone/handheld.

    Other info:

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/01/17/HNsprintwimax_1.html

    http://www.fiercewifi.com/story/sprint-wimax-approach-emerges/2007-01-23

    interesting to note that this has been Jeff Hawkin's (Palm's co-founder and inventor of the Palm Treo) rumored secret project. And along with Sprint's incoming offer of $0.99 over-the-air song downloads where you can download songs from their 1.5 million songs library anytime anywhere, is said to be an Aggressive Move to counter the iPhone and iTunes.

    http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2604
     
  3. macdiver

    macdiver PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Re: WiMAX. the next broadband wireless access platform.

    hmmm... this explains why palm's treo line didn't have the WiFi connectivity function. maybe they were too busy with the next technology.


    anyways, would WiMAX require new hardwares for our computer and communication systems? clearly, the 802.16 wireless standard for WiMAX is not compatible with the current WiFi 802.11x standards. (this makes the new Apple TV and AirPort extreme totally incompatible for the WiMAX technology. but of course, we don't really need WiMAX for short range wireless connections.) 4G phones and WiMAX modems will be the hottest hardwares in the near future.



    will WiMAX take over WiFi? i think WiMAX and WIFi can coexist. WiMAX will mainly be used for broadband wireless internet access, while WiFi will enable gadgets to pair and communicate with each other- similar to bluetooth, but with a greater range of signal. this will, however, signal the major leap from the 3G and the 3.5G to the 4G platform.



    think of the possibilities... with WiMAX, one can connect to the internet 24/7 or be online whenever and wherever he/she may be. hate our local fm radio? tune in to any of the internet radios instead. this is a good news (or bad omen) for those in long distance relationships. hehehe.

    i guess we'll all have to wait and find out what new WiMAX enabled gadgets will be available in the near future.


    ... if WiMAX technology reaches the Philippines soon.
     
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    Re: WiMAX. the next broadband wireless access platform.

    Please google the words "wimax philippines".
     
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    Re: WiMAX. the next broadband wireless access platform.

    Wow im surprised to find out there is WiMAX na pala sa Pilipinas. What happened to it? some of these articles are 2005,2006 pa? Could you share us some more info about its status in the Philippines?
     
  6. esm

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    Re: WiMAX. the next broadband wireless access platform.

    intel employees (select few) have tested the wimax in cavite since 2006. it was a pilot with one of the broadband providers. :)
     
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    Re: WiMAX. the next broadband wireless access platform.

    how did it go? what was their feedback?
     
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    yeah. how'd it go? area they going to launch it soon?
     
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    Re: WiMAX. the next broadband wireless access platform.

    It was a technology test.

    The speed was less than promised (10Mbps), averaging from 1.8 - 3 Mbps. If those numbers seem familiar, that's about the same speed as HSPDA, a competing technology already being implemented by cellular companies.

    Just to correct a common misconception: Wi-Max is NOT an upgrade to Wi-Fi, perhaps the best analogy is Wi-Max is like cellular and microwave links, Wi-Fi is like a home cordless phone.

    Wi-Fi will continue to exist because in most cases it is what people need (just as there are still cordless phones). The chipsets are also much cheaper, hence it is easier to build into a device.

    The best use for Wi-Max is to feed Wi-Fi local area nodes or to establish a data backbone.

    I don't see Wi-Max becoming a provider to consumer technology (e.g. to connect your laptop on the move), largely because HSPDA is more friendly to the existing investments of cellular companies. I may be wrong, particularly if companies like Intel and the IT sector push hard enough.

    NTC has granted several Wi-Max frequencies for testing purposes and eventual deployment, some companies tried to lobby for unusual Wi-Max frequencies (400-500Mhz) instead of the more common 3Ghz and 10Ghz Wi-Max bands.

    Having an unusual frequency assignment means transceivers would have to be custom made and bulk-ordered (which means no retail sales). Thankfully, the NTC has re-thought that position and is assigning frequencies in the 3Ghz and 10Ghz bands.

    There are related threads here and here.
     
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    macdiver PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Re: WiMAX. the next broadband wireless access platform.

    ^ thanks for providing the links to the related threads.
     
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    Re: WiMAX. the next broadband wireless access platform.

    If you're curious about what the Cavite test was for, here is the answer. It's for the National Broadband Network.
     
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    Hello everyone.

    Since WiMAX is now relevant, I've dug up this old thread from the archives and renamed it as well.

    There are a total of 4 threads on the subject. This one here is about the technology in general and a summary of all three companies offering the service.

    For discussions on the specific offerings, you can check out these threads:

    Globe WiMAX

    wi-tribe WiMAX

    Smart WIMAX

    (the above are listed in order of date started).

    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks Elbert!
     
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    While it seems like there is a push for Wimax with the telcos in the Philippines, many questions have been raised about its continued viability.

    Major setback 1 - one of the early proponents and supporters of Wimax was Clearwire in the US. Recently they announced that they are considering using LTE for future roll outs. Link here

    Major setback 2 - some of the winners of the recently concluded spectrum auction in India announced their preference to go with the TD - LTE standard instead of Wimax. The Wimax community was hoping that the Indian auction would result in large subscriber numbers for Wimax. Link here

    Bottom line is that with less operators deploying Wimax, the cost of the equipment, especially the modems that subscribers will use, will not go down as quickly as other technologies. There will also be less R&D, thus slower improvements.

    Wimax might be good for now, but I'd recommend that you don't get tied up too long.
     
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    I might consider this if not for the 24 months lock-in period, 12 months muna sana. Ill stick with what i have for now.
     
  16. jns888

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    Smartbro wimax subscriber here. So far so good. Got this when my smartbro canopy was severely damaged by a storm q3 last year. They give me consistent 1mbps connection
     
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    Anong mabilis na internet sa Ortigas area, specifically sa may Mega Plaza? :)
     

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