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(Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) An earlier wireless 4G wide area network (WAN) technology that conformed to certain parts of the IEEE 802.16 standard (for more details, see 802.16).

Governed by the WiMAX Forum (www.wimaxforum.org), WiMAX allowed ISPs and carriers to offer last mile connectivity to homes and businesses over the air without the expense of routing wires. In addition, Mobile WiMAX (WiMAX 2) supported users on the go. Whereas Wi-Fi hotspot coverage is measured in feet, WiMAX cells were measured in miles similar to cellular systems. WiMAX competed with 4G LTE service (see LTE, 4G and IMT-Advanced).

Femto Access Points Inside a Building
A "WiMAX femto access point" (WFAP) was a small, indoor base station with a limited range. It connected to the organization's network and passed data to the WiMAX carrier's network via the Internet (see femtocell).

Google, Clearwire and WiMAX
In 2008, Sprint and Clearwire merged to develop Internet access to mobile devices using WiMAX, rather than the traditional CDMA and GSM cellular technologies. Google also invested in the venture. As Sprint transitioned to LTE, in November 2015, WiMAX was shut down. However, a court ordered Sprint to keep WiMAX running an additional 90 days for two large customers covering some 75 cities across the U.S. See Clearwire.
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Imagine launched its 4G Mobile WiMAX network deployment to cover Ireland, which will also reduce the average cost of broadband and phone services by as much as 50 percent.
WiMAX vendors with WiMAX Forum Certified products include 25 base station vendors, 27 subscriber station vendors and four mobile station vendors.
The most recent certified mobile devices come from its WiMAX Forum Designated Certification Labs (WFDCLs) in Herndon, Virginia; Taipei, Taiwan; and Seoul, Korea.
We applaud the WiMAX Forum for this important and timely step, which will encourage device innovation in anticipation of Sprint's WiMAX network launch in the U.
Today's WiMAX technology demands full interoperability among vendors, forming a new market approach and placing the operators and consumers in the center.
WiMAX activity has exploded over the last 12 months.
Leveraging its key roles in the IEEE and HiperMAN standards committees and experience in deploying OFDM-based systems, the Company's prominent work in the WiMAX Forum[TM] is focused on increasing the widespread adoption of standards-based products in the wireless broadband market and leading the entire industry to Open WiMAX solutions.
SOMA Networks' FlexMAX Mobile WiMAX System is a complete broadband wireless system portfolio that allows carriers to offer high-margin applications and a superior subscriber experience to residential and SoHo consumers.
Redline's RedMAX[TM] WiMAX Forum Certified[TM] systems and award-winning RedCONNEX[TM] family of broadband wireless infrastructure products enable service providers and other network operators to cost-effectively deliver high-bandwidth services including voice, video and data communications.
Telsima Corporation is a leading developer and provider of WiMAX based BWA and mobility solutions for media rich applications.
Attracting the largest number of member participants to date, WiMAX(TM) system and chipset supplier companies included in the WiMAX Forum-sponsored event were Accton Technology Corporation, Adaptix, Airspan Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Inc.
The WiMAX Forum Certified[TM] solutions now available are enabling carriers around the world to establish broadband wireless networks today that deliver the services subscribers want and build a profitable business model for operators," said Monica Paolini, Senza-Fili Consulting.