WiMax Forum announces speedy new standards

The WiMax Forum has announced that it’s reached a “major milestone” in advancing the speed of data and the efficiency of broadband wireless networks based on the 802.16e Mobile WiMAX standard.

The Forum has worked with a group of 4G WiMAX equipment manufacturers, service providers and chip companies to create a proposal on enhancements to the IEEE 802.16e mobile WiMax standard for submission into the next WiMax Forum certification release.

The proposal document details how the performance enhancements are to be implemented in future WiMAX products in a way that further ensures their interoperability and broad commercial availability.

Announced at the WiMax Forum Global Congress in Amsterdam this week the enhancements to the 802.16e Mobile WiMax standard will include increased data uplink and downlink budgets. These will improve the performance of WiMax devices operating at the outer edges of a WiMax cell, or enable the service provider to increase the coverage of a given cell. There is also said to be up to 70 percent improved spectral efficiency and an associated potential doubling of peak data rates.

It will also include new technologies for reducing signal interference both within cells and among cell sites and improved frequency Reuse 1 deployment schemes.

Ron Marquardt, vice president of technology for Clearwire, one of the companies that is working with the Forum, said: “On average, our mobile 4G customers are consuming more than seven gigabytes of data every month.

“The 802.16e standard will increase our ability to meet the incredible demand for super fast mobile Internet both in the home and on the go.”

The announcement could pour water over a recent study by analysts at WiseHarbor, which suggested that WiMax would be dead by 2015. It said that this technology would be replaced by TD-LTE.

However, Intel disagreed with the findings claiming that WiMax is still going strong. It said at a conference yesterday that the technology gives better wireless data performance than 3G, often for a lower monthly price, and that a series of updates over the next few years will give it the edge over bitter rival LTE. Expected updates include 802.16e later this year and 802.16m by 2013.