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The IEEE 802.16 Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) standard, upon which the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX1) is based, took a big step forward with the publication in February 2006 of the 802.16e amendment, Physical and Medium Access Control Layers for Combined Fixed and Mobile Operation in Licensed Bands. This may well announce the arrival of a rival in front of the 3G operators, as it extends the metropolitan broadband fixed-wireless access standard to nomadic and fully mobile terminals, and it does it with an extensive range of End-to-End (E2E) all-IP Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities.
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