WiMAX or the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access is an important development in the telecommunications technology which gives the process of wireless transmission of information in many ways, say from a point-to-point links to full access on cellular phones. Any telecommunications technology falling into this category is considered WiMAX. However, there are some WiMAX varieties called as “unlicensed” WiMAX. Many people think that these are “illegal” or “illegitimate” copies of WiMAX technology. But the truth is that unlicensed WiMAX is another type of WiMAX.

There is what people call as license-exempt WiMAX. These are what people now call and know as the unlicensed WiMAX. Some ask how a WiMAX will be considered as an unlicensed. Simple—if it does not fall on the category of being a “true” WiMAX.

There are five bases to consider if a WiMAX product is true. First, the official profile for the spectrum as well as its basic characteristics must be created through the WiMAX Forum. Second, there should be vendors who have created or will create products that can comply with that particular WiMAX. The number of vendors or products complying with that should at least reach the minimum requirement. Third, the WiMAX product should conform to certain profile and this must be submitted to test for interoperability in an official testing facility that has been certified, blessed, and sanctioned by the WiMAX Forum. Fourth, the WiMAX product must receive a passing remark from the interoperability testing. And fifth, the WiMAX product can be righteously be called as “WiMAX product.”

Since there are WiMAX products that do not achieve all these conditions, they are therefore fall into being license-exempt or unlicensed WiMAX products.

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