WiMax 2 standard to get final stamp of approval soon

While the wireless industry is just barely getting settled on the original WiMax standard, the WiMax Forum Industry Group is hard at work on its successor. According to Engadget via ComputerWorld, "The standard is due to be finalized in November, then hardware is expected to be ratified through 2011 before getting bolted to towers in 2012 where it will, thankfully, be fully compatible with O.G. WiMAX devices."

The WiMax 2 standard is theoretically expected to bring download speeds of up to 1 Gbps. WiMax 2 is also known as 802.16m and will be backwards compatible with 802.16e (WiMax). This backwards compatibility will result in much cheaper upgrades for Clearwire. Clearwire recently sent shockwaves through the industry when it discussed the possibility of adopting the LTE standard -- WiMax's competitor.

Declan Byrne, Marketing Director for the WiMax group, stated that he was surprised by the announcement that Clearwire made regarding LTE. However, he also stated that he is confident that Clearwire will not abandon WiMax. In fact, he believes that with their wide wireless spectrum, they may choose to adopt both technologies. Both technologies are coming of age in a time when the wireless market is experiencing large growth. Cisco projects that mobile internet traffic will double every year until 2013.

The biggest reason for this growth in traffic is video. Video will account for approximately 2/3 of mobile internet traffic in 2013. Cisco believes that mobile internet traffic will reach around 1.3 million TB per month by then. With the advent of high definition stereoscopic 3D content, this may very well happen.

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where I live in canada I haven't ever heard of this tech yet. I mean... i know it exists, but I haven't seen any device that uses it.

Mouettus said,
where I live in canada I haven't ever heard of this tech yet. I mean... i know it exists, but I haven't seen any device that uses it.

No Canadian Carriers are using WiMax to my knowledge (I haven't checked Google or the WiMax site though to confirm).

1.3 Million TB? Don't they mean 1.2 Exabytes? What is the point of having multiples of bytes naming scheme if it's not used.

McDave said,
1.3 Million TB? Don't they mean 1.2 Exabytes? What is the point of having multiples of bytes naming scheme if it's not used.

Probably because many people wouldn't understand the scale of an exabyte. But almost everyone who uses a computer has heard the word terabyte and can understand the enormity of 1.3 million of them.

asdavis10 said,

Probably because many people wouldn't understand the scale of an exabyte. But almost everyone who uses a computer has heard the word terabyte and can understand the enormity of 1.3 million of them.

"Hi I'm Mr. Technophobe, how many "kay bees" are there in a "gee bee?" Are they compatible with each other?"

pasty2k2 said,

"Hi I'm Mr. Technophobe, how many "kay bees" are there in a "gee bee?" Are they compatible with each other?"