WiMax 2 Pushes the Speed Barrier to 100Mbps
The upcoming WiMax 2 standard, however, will still use the same frequencies of 2.5GHz band in the US. According to WiMax Forum’s marketing lead Declan Byrne, the new standard will be ratified in November — with commercial application to start appearing in 2012.
What does this mean for the average Joe and Jane? The new WiMax 2, with its 100Mpbs speed, will basically enable you to stream 1080p video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Since WiMax is considered to have lower latency than 3G connection — those choppy video chats you usually experience will soon be a thing of the past — at least on paper.
The speed increase is seen as a move to compete with LTE — the 4G wireless broadband technology developed by another consortium. Verizon is expected to start delivering its LTE service in fall in the US; with other wireless providers to follow suit.