Empirical Evaluation of Mobile WiMAX With MIMO

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Mobile WiMAX is claimed to have the greatest potential of all wireless access technologies already in the markets with respect to network capacity, range, mobility, and quality of service support. Mobile WiMAX has also adopted MIMO as an essential element for increasing capacity and data propagation reliability. However, there are few publicly available studies demonstrating what is possible with Mobile WiMAX in practice and none that empirically evaluates the performance gains attained with MIMO. The authors fill this gap by comparing space-time coding based 2x2 MIMO with single antenna mode in the Mobile WiMAX testbed.