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Is WiMax's Future Up in the Air?

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When the IEEE 802.16 WiMax technology standard emerged from its working group in 2004, it was greeted with great anticipation as a key building block in future network Infrastructure. Service providers who had tried to deploy fixed wireless broadband access with proprietary technologies welcomed WiMax's promise of off-the-shelf long-range wireless networking gear; public-policy experts were equally enthusiastic about 802.16's prospects as a competitor to landline networks in developed regions and as an economically viable solution in regions in which landline broadband was difficult or Impossible to construct. However, a funny thing happened on the way to wireless nirvana. WiMax's entry into the broadband market has been marked with confusion and conflict. Across the networking industry, a period of reappraisal has replaced the post-release euphoria.

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Internet Computing, IEEE  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 4 )