Fixed Vs Mobile WiMAX: An Apples to Oranges Comparison of Two Wireless Broadband Technologies

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Executive Summary

It is unfortunate that 802.16d fixed WiMAX and 802.16e mobile WiMAX share the same last name. There is virtually no relevant relationship between the two technologies. They are the broadband equivalent of apples and oranges. 802.16d was developed for the sole purpose of linking the "Last mile" to the home or enterprise that has long been the gap between broadband Internet "Haves" and "Have nots". There is no viable competitive technology to fixed WiMAX for providing last mile connectivity other than some proprietary solutions like Motorola's Canopy and variations on WiFi on steroids. 802.16e was developed to compete with existing cellular solutions and to expand mobile voice services by adding high-speed mobile data services.

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