Mobile WiMax offers advanced and highly portable wireless connectivity. It is a qualitative leap from fixed WiMax solution and significantly improves upon broadband DSL, 3G, and WiFi technologies. Mobile WiMax follows the IEEE standards process which makes it easier for carriers, mobile providers, and home users to adopt the technology.
Mobile WiMax can provide faster data transfer over Internet protocols. It has the ability to provide users with data transfer speeds of up to 20 megabits per second. Connectivity speed using WiMax infrastructure can also produce 1 megabit to 4 megabits per second of data rate transfers. This is far superior to 3G technologies which can only produce transfer rates of 500 kilobits to 700 kilobits per second.
WiMax can provide excellent support for mobile communications as cellular companies can upgrade their services to provide faster web capabilities for mobile phones. Surfing the Internet, downloading data, and sending or receiving email messages on mobile phones would be more convenient and significantly faster if connections can be established using WiMax standards.
On the other hand, mobile WiMax can be an ideal alternative for WiFi connectivity. The downside of WiFi is its relatively shorter reach as access points only have fifty feet radius coverage. In order to establish blanket coverage for an entire city, companies need to set up hundreds of WiFi access points.
WiMax architecture can overcome the limitations of WiFi connections because it does not need numerous access points to blanket an area. WiMax can transmit data over transfer points as far as 2 miles. This reduces the need for multiple access point infrastructure thus providing significant savings for companies in terms of wire-meshing their communication networks.