WiMAX: Rural Areas’ Bridge to the rest of the World

The Worldwide Interoperability Microwave Access or WiMAX has become popular because of its flexibility and greater reach. It operates under the IEEE 802.16 standard. One body responsible for promoting this technology is the WiMAX Forum. It promotes it by informing the end users and the entire public what the technology provides. It also helps facilitate interoperability by certifying WiMAX compliant hardware, applications and solutions.

The WiMAX technology has quite a number of uses. For one, it can connect Wi-Fi hotspots together. In addition to that, it can provide high performance high speed data and other telecommunications services and solutions. It also helps businesses benefit from a continuous connectivity even if the whole enterprise is served by multiple providers whether they are using fixed or mobile internet connections or both.

One other thing WiMAX is most useful in is the provision of last mile broadband service. In fact, it is seen to be the alternative to DSL and cable internet connections. This should interest most end users since it is them who are most benefited by this. The last mile refers to the final stage in which internet connections are to be served by an internet service provider to its clients. This means that internet connections can be brought to them more easily. By doing away with cables in the last mile stage, internet connection can easily be availed and served to them. It could also be more cost effective for both the service providers and the end users. And lastly, it also means that internet service can now be provided to places where providing such service was economically impossible before.

WiMAX has been creating a buzz in the recent years. While it is not yet implemented globally, more and more people are hearing about it. So what is WiMAX? In simple terms, WiMAX is basically similar to Wi-Fi but only stronger and more stable. It reaches a wider area than the Wi-Fi. In fact, WiMAX is used to connect Wi-Fi hotspots to each other. WiMAX is also capable for delivering high speed telecommunications services including data services. And it is very capable of providing services to far flung or rural areas.

The problem before of people from the rural areas is that installing high speed telecommunication services were just too limiting. It is either cable did not reach their areas or DSL installation fees were just too expensive for them to afford it. Thanks to WiMAX, rural areas can now have broadband access. They can get fixed WiMAX wherein they only needed antennas to be able to gain access from base stations. WiMAX technology has been that much of help to them. Now, they can have high speed broadband access just like anybody else.

However, rural areas cannot expect much development in terms of mobile WiMAX. According to a WiMAX company executive, the thrust of mobile WiMAX is to provide mobility; hence the provision of higher order features. It is a technology basically geared for highly dense areas. Meanwhile, the concern in rural areas is the provision of broadband access.

But then again, the availability of fixed WiMAX is already a great breakthrough for the people in rural areas. And even if this thrust is true at the present, it is still be possible for the more advanced standard technology to reach rural areas in the future.