It used to be that before you could get internet connection, the phone company or cable company determines whether you can get broadband and at what speed and price you have to pay. With the birth of WiMax, being connected is so easy and there are fewer hassles. Its intellectual property proprietary is not steep, requiring any or all users to pay for the privilege of use.
The WiMax uses a Point to Multipoint network. It applies the combination of hub and spoke, where the base station serve as the “hub” and the subscriber units as the connection points at the other end of the spokes that connects to the base station. A WiMax base station should have the capability of serving thousand of subscribers. The number of actual users depends on the number of sectors, the amount of available spectrum and the guaranteed bandwidth to each user.
It should be noted that WiMax as described by WiMax Forum is a standard based technology that eneables the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL. It is not a technology, but a certification mark or stamp of approval given to equipment that meets certain conformity and interoperability tests for the IEEE 802.16 family of standards.
For a company to supply WiMax base station is to get a stamp of approval from WiMax Forum, with the equipment having to have passed the IEEE 802.16 standards. WiMax base station are manufactured and supplied by companies to service operators. This WiMax base station equipment should allow interoperability to subscriber units. The WiMax subscriber units are made available either indoor or outdoor versions supplied by several manufacturers. You will need to be closer to a WiMax base station to get faster connectivity if an indoor version is opted.