WiMAX technology : What can it do for us?
After the success of 2G technology, the 3G in India is a big boon, not only in this particular telecom sector but also in the overall economy. To further add experience to mobile services, WiMAX services are coming up with mobile broadband service not only for mobile users in the urban areas, but it has features to uplift the rural sector.
Before I share what WiMAX can do for us, here is a brief description of WiMAX : WiMAX mean Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. It is a telecommunications technology that provides wireless transmission of data using a variety of transmission modes, from point-to-multipoint links to portable and fully mobile internet access. The technology provides up to 10 Mbit/s broadband speed without the need for cables. The technology is based on the IEEE 802.16 standard (also called Broadband Wireless Access). The name “WiMAX” was created by the WiMAX Forum, which was formed in June 2001 to promote conformity and interoperability of the standard. The forum describes WiMAX as “a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL”.
The bandwidth and range of WiMAX make it suitable for the following potential applications:
- Connecting Wi-Fi hotspots to the Internet.
- Providing a wireless alternative to cable and DSL for “last mile” broadband access.
- Providing data and telecommunications services.
- Providing a source of Internet connectivity as part of a business continuity plan. That is, if a business has both a fixed and a wireless Internet connection, especially from unrelated providers, they are unlikely to be affected by the same service outage.
- Providing portable connectivity.
Also, the rural sector finds a boon with applications on health system, money transfer, reservation and booking of railways, issuing of birth certificates, voters card, ration card, registration of vehicles, Village Panchayats, education, and many more. Implementing these applications not only brings mobility in the rural areas but also brings in new hope to improvise lifestyle, learn new technologies and get along with the passing time.
Mr. Arun Gupta, Director-Business Development MediaTek said “WiMAX technology in India is coming up with great prospects, especially in the rural sector. Applications such as telemedicine, e-learning or distance learning, implementation of security and disaster management helps in the health, education and disaster management, boosting the growth of Indian economy. The applications in WiMAX can be accessed from anywhere as it is a broadband mobile service, increasing the connectivity spectrum, when compared to the limited access of 3G technologies.”
In India, it is expected that the Mobile WiMAX technology will be a respected process of broadband service, which will be implemented first at “hot zones”. The term hot zones, defines: limited densely populated areas where the transaction and process will be checked in terms of usage and accessibility. A similar piloting has already been carried out at Ajmer, resulting with green signal. This process would take care of the accessibility, transport convenience and cost savings through wireless connection. The only question that stands up in everyone’s mind is the “security”.
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