To Beamform or Not to Beamform: Can Beamforming Help WiMAX Operators to Lower Deployment and Operating Costs?

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As WiMAX operators deploy new networks or expand existing ones, they face multiple choices in the selection of base station equipment. How can WiMAX operators choose the hardware solution that is most cost effective and has the faster Return On Investment (ROI)? The authors addressed this question by analyzing the capex and opex requirements for a five-year period, using Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment with Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO), BeamForming (BF), and a combination of MIMO and BF.