Have you ever wondered how the world would be like without the Internet? Indeed, the Internet has become a way of life and almost everyone is relying into it – communications (e.g. email, chat), online shopping, job hunting, training tutorials, and entertainment among other things. It is a good thing that a lot of internet providers right now are offering three different service options – broadband (DSL and cable), WiFi (wireless) and dial-up (telephone) to make it easier for people to stay connected.
However, broadband connection is a bit too expensive for many plus it does not reach other areas. With WiFi access, coverage is sparse thus resulting to failed connection. Though dial-up is cheaper, internet access is known to be very slow. It is because of such challenges that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has introduced a new standard, now called Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access or WiMax.
WiMax promises to provide the high speed of broadband service, the convenience of wireless technology and the economy of dial-up access. WiMax operates in increasing speeds of up to 70 Mbps, which is just enough to provide connection to a thousand homes. It is uses wireless technology and therefore it is a lot less expensive as compared to DSL and cable internet. No need for wires to extend service to suburban or remote areas, thus resulting to a broader coverage.
If mobile phone technology has outdone landline service, and electronic mail has made snail mail very old-fashioned, WiMax can potentially do the same thing and even replace WiFi, DSL and cable internet. This is something that everyone can look forward to in the future.