In this article I am going to talk about the future of Wimax. Wimax might just be the ideal 4G technology because it can deliver high speed internet with a huge coverage, Wimax is also called WiFi on steroids.
What is Wimax?
Wimax stands for the worldwide interoperability for microwave access. Wimax is a good alternative to DSl, Cable and T1 lines.
The internet is formed out of three high speed access methods, cable, dsl and the T1 line.
Each of these bring with it various challenges and limitations for example the T1 line is limited by price while for the DSL the challenge is distance, and regarding cable, the cable company has to have a franchise and it must offer you various patterns for where the cable goes.
Wimax can easily overcome these limitations, for example one single Wimaxtower has a coverage of 1000 meters, the great thing about Wimax is in fact the mobile version, this is 10 times faster than 3G and can deliver a mind blowing speed to cell phones, laptops or other mobile devices.
Wimax vs. LTE
While both of these technologies have similar components, there is still a significant difference between these technologies.
4G LTE is known to harbor some essential components that Wimax shares, the dim antenna is one of them, however LTE is appreciated by most of the data operators simply because it is quite easy to adapt to the old technologies, that is, LTE can be quite cheaper because the old 3G and EDGE technology can be transferred to the LTE.
It is therefore no wonder that major ISP’s chose LTE over Wimax, however Wimax has some distinct advantages that set it high above LTE, one of those is the one mile coverage, I mean, one Wimax antenna can cover up a huge plot of land and it can cover it up with huge speed, unlike 3G.
Why Wimax lost some battles
The only answer lies in the management of the big cell phone and ISP operators worldwide, however it is worthy to note that tech savvy nations such as Japan have some serious Wimax operators that are already deploying Wimax 2 and Wimax 2 is totally different from LTE.
It is also worthy to note that because Wimax is viewed as an end of the line solution, most ISP’s still use it extensively to complement existing Edge,3G and 4G LTE coverage.
It is quite interesting to see if Wimax will win the battle, in the end there may be multiple factors involved including consumers, ISP management and the exponential growth of mobile technology.
While the future may not seem so bright at the moment, it is important to point out that out there, there are a big number of companies that prefer Wimax and my personal opinion is that as a technology, Wimax is highly superior to current wireless technology.
Wimax may be the only technology that can eradicate the need for fiber optic cables, it has the potential to bring us high speed internet with 0 cables, this means lower cost and improved stability.