There have been many different changes as countries have to figure out ways to deal with spectrum space being taken up by the increase in data traffic. GoingWiMAX.com expert Robb Henshaw hinted at how WiMAX can help with the offload process for dealing with increased data traffic.
The F.C.C. submitted its proposal stating that broadband Internet must become the standard in communications. It’s a lofty goal because most people still rely on land line phones as basic form of communication. It also comes after the broadband stimulus funding announcements that grant money to operators that install broadband Internet across the United States.
Wired broadband will continue to dominate Internet access because the infrastructure is in place, making it easy for operators to install the service. WiMAX and other 4G technologies will be adapted by rural areas of the U.S. along with people looking for mobile broadband Internet. Many operators are already providing broadband services, including Towerstream (TWER), which acquired assets from Sparkplug.
In equipment build out, NEC’s base stations helped UQ Communications (OTC:NELTY)expand their offerings. Pinyon Technologies released its latest, a tri-band antenna for all WiMAX frequencies. GoingWiMAX.com was able to interview Eran Eshed of Altair Semiconductor about their latest chips for both WiMAX and LTE. PureWave also released a white paper about multiple antenna processing in WiMAX networks. Gemtek recently announced a study that states equipment shipments will double in 2010.
International deployments continued to outpace U.S.. Telkom and TRG will team to complete a WiMAX network in Indonesia. DragonWave was chosen (DRWI) to help with backhaul building for a Greece WiMAX network. Tatung, along with some other companies, want to construct an operator interoperability testing lab in Taiwan. It’s another sign that Taiwan in quickly becoming an industry leader in both products and services for WiMAX. MicroStar International stated that it will release its latest WiMAX-enabled netbooks in India in the coming months. Russian regulators announced another spectrum auction for 4G technologies.
WiMAX roll outs in the U.S. continue to lag behind other countries. Clearwire(CLWR) plans on rolling out more networks in the U.S., but when? Taiwan will continue to lead the WiMAX revolution. The F.C.C. proposal is a bold move that impacts most technology sectors.
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