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By: Arkadiy Kantor Nikkita Turnbull Camly Ho Max Jaffe Soma Aktar What is Wimax? WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a communications technology that delivers high speed, broadband fixed and mobile services wirelessly to large areas with much less communications than is needed today. Mobile WiMax, which supports both fixed and mobile applications with improved performance and capacity while adding complete mobility. For example, “Mobile WiMAX enables streaming video to be broadcasted from a speeding police or other emergency vehicle at over 70 MPH, (WiMax).” WiMax.com. Carl Townsend. August 14, 2006. Connecting to the WiMax Community. Retrieved 16 Nov. 2007 <http://www.wimax.com/education/wimax/what_is_wimax>. Capabilities (what does it do?) Connects Wi-Fi hotspots with each other and to other parts of the Internet. Provides high-speed data and telecommunications services. Provides nomadic connectivity, fixed, portable and mobile capabilities. Provides enhanced performance, even in fixed and nomadic environment. Wikipedia the free encyclopedia. November 17, 2007. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 18 Nov. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimax#Mobile_WiMAX>. How it works Business Drivers By Implementing a WiMax access network: Mobile WiMAX offers fixed, portable, and mobile wireless broadband connectivity Offered nomadic and portable Internet services to complement their DSL and WiFi bundles Mobile operators can intergrate WiMax into their networks to boost their portfolios by adding high bandwidth services to complement their existing data services Is it a threat? One can expect to see Wi-Fi services converged with cellular devices. The long term vision for broadband wireless utilizing WiMAX is clearly one of multiple technologies that fill different niches in the service delivery universe. WiMAX also promises a whole new level of data access flexibility that will be much less location specific for customers. This type of robust mobile, portable or fixed broadband access will be unprecedented. When Will it be ready? Mobile WiMax are expected to be ready for use in late 2007 or beginning of 2008 Mobile WiMax products are expected to be in the mass market by year-end 2007 with Sprint. It hopes to reach at least 100 million customers by the end of 2008 "When Will WiMax Mobile Be Available?" WiMax Broadband Solutions. 2007. 17 Nov. 2007 <http://www.wimax.com/education/faq/faq23/?searchterm=mobile_wimax>. Key Risks Like any other technology, this is a very large investment so concern of return on investment arises Lack of support of other vendors in supporting the use of this technology Example: Sprint Nextel builds a WiMax Network, but if phone manufacturer like Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, and LG Electronics Inc. do not develop products and devices that will work with Sprint WiMax network then the technology will not be successful. Technology it may Replace WiFi DSL (fixed) Cable (fixed) Cellular services: 3G & 4G Competition: ◦ HSDPA – High-Speed Downlink Packet Access ◦ 3G & 4G cell phone systems ◦ Mobile Broadband Internet Access: iBurst Companies involved Equipment Providers Network Companies Clearwire Alcatel Lucent Huawei Axxcelera Motorola Cisco Systems Navini Networks Intel Corp Samsung Nokia Siemens AG Nortel Networks Sprint Proxim ZTE Corporation First Wimax Phone the world's first mobile Wimax PDA phone. The CDMA2000/802.16e slider phone runs videoconferences via T-DMB, integrates a 2.8" color screen and a 2-megapixel camera and comes with a TV-out port. The "SPH-M8100" PDA phone runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 PPC PE operating system. Phone Cont. LG phone WiMAX KC1 PDA Equipped with a largish 2.8" TFT LCD , there's 64MB RAM on the KC1, with expansion support via a microSD memory card slot. Bluetooth is present as well, along with a 2 megapixel camera. Works Cited Polivka, John. "Sprint Nextel Cites WiMAX Network Progress for 2007." Sprint Nextel. 8 Jan. 2007. 17 Nov. 2007 <http://www2.sprint.com/mr/news_dtl.do?id=15000>. "When Will WiMax Mobile Be Available?" WiMax Broadband Solutions. 2007. 17 Nov. 2007 <http://www.wimax.com/education/faq/faq23/?searchterm=mobile_ wimax>. WiMax.com. Carl Townsend. August 14, 2006. Connecting to the WiMax Community. Retrieved 16 Nov. 2007 <http://www.wimax.com/education/wimax/what_is_wimax>. Wikipedia the free encyclopedia. November 17, 2007. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 18 Nov. 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimax#Mobile_WiMAX>.
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