Term Description
WiMAX WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a wireless telecommunication technology based on the IEEE 802.16 family of standards, which allows for high-speed wireless data transmission over long distances (5-30 miles).

The initial version, based on 802.16a, is designed for fixed (non-mobile) applications only, such as a wireless replacement for home DSL or cable modem service. Newer versions, such as 802.16e, add support for mobility, potentially making WiMax a competitor for certain 3G or 4G cell-phone technologies.

WiMax operates at higher frequencies than mobile phone networks. WiMax technology can operate in the 2.5 or 3.5 GHz licensed bands, or in the 5.8 GHz unlicensed band.

The name WiMAX was created by the WiMAX Forum, which was formed in June 2001 to promote conformance and interoperability of the standard.

See also: wimaxforum.org
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