Potential WiMax users left waiting


Potential WiMax users left waiting

Antony Savvas

The certification of the first official WiMax long-range wireless broadband has been delayed.

The first certifications had been expected by the end of last year, but the WiMax Forum industry group has explained that last minute tests in the certification process had delayed the commercial release of products.

The certification process is designed to ensure different WiMax products work with each other, but tests have been required with the small number of products currently up for certification.

WiMax is seen as an ideal way to provide broadband to rural areas that do not currently have a cable broadband network in place, as well as being a quick connectivity solution to set up where wireless broadband is needed.

The WiMax Forum said certification for at least three different products was now imminent, although this certification will only cover basic connectivity.

Additional features such as security and guaranteed quality of service will come out of later tests.

Companies considering WiMax may therefore have to wait some time before they can specify a WiMax solution that addresses all their needs.


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