Mobility

Comparative Analysis of Alternative Last Mile Broadband Access Technologies (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)

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Executive Summary

Broadband wireless access networks are considered to be enterprise-level networks providing more capacity and coverage. Wireless networking has offered an alternative solution to the problem of information access in remote inaccessible areas where wired networks are not cost-effective. They have changed the way people communicate and share information by eliminating worrisome factors of distance and location. This paper provides a technical analysis of alternatives for implementing last-mile wireless broadband services. It provides detailed technical differences between 802.11 (Wi-FI) wireless networks with 802.16 (WiMAX), a new technology that solves many of the difficulties in last-mile implementations.

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