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Unstrung reports that the Task Group E in 802.16 for mobile broadband wireless is nearly done: The current draft could come back clean, which would then lead the way to ratification. 802.16e will most likely be the basis of mobile WiMax, allowing the WiMax Forum to certify equipment that will compete with mesh Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspots, and third-generation cellular data networks.
The current prediction is late 2006 for products based on 802.16e, but given delays in WiMax development and certification, I would believe the whispers about 2007 to 2008 timeframe, instead. This protocol is one reason why cell carriers are spending so much to deploy high-speed data ahead of the market’s interest in their licensed spectrum.
Posted by Glennf at September 14, 2005 10:57 AM
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