The WiMAX Forum is updating its mobile standard in an effort to advance the speed of data and the efficiency of broadband wireless networks. Alvarion, Beceem, Clearwire, Fujitsu, GCT Semiconductor, Hitachi, Huawei, Intel, Motorola, NEC, Samsung, Sequans, UQ and ZTE have created a proposal on enhancements to the IEEE 802.16e mobile WiMAX standard for submission into the next WiMAX Forum certification release.
The specific enhancements to the standard include:
- Up to 70% improved spectral efficiency and an associated potential doubling of peak data rates.
- Increased data uplink and downlink budgets that improve the performance of WiMAX devices operating at the outer edges of a WiMAX cell.
- New technologies for reducing signal interference both within cells and among cell sites.
- Improved frequency Reuse 1 deployment schemes.
The next step for WiMAX Forum is to validate the equipment that incorporates these new enhancements before the end of this year, which would lead to certified products from multiple vendors starting in 2011.
Even with this new improvements I’m not a big believer in WiMAX. Major carriers have already committed to LTE and there’s no turning back…