Date Added: Dec 2009
WiMAX stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. WiMAX is based on wireless Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) standards developed by IEEE 802.16 group. It operates in the licensed exempt and licensed spectrum between 2-11 GHz and 10-66 GHz frequency ranges respectively. It was developed to connect the Internet and to provide a last mile wireless extension to cable and DSL broadband access. IEEE 802.16 provides up to 50 km of linear service area range and allows users connectivity without a direct Line of Sight (LOS) to a Base Station (BS). The technology also provides shared data rates up to 70 Mbps, which is enough bandwidth to simultaneously support many users.