WiMAX Mobile Phones

by Johan on October 13, 2006

WiMAX Mobile Phones

At a WiMAX technology conference in Boston, Nokia has announced that the company is beginning its work on WiMAX (802.16e) enabled mobile devices. Nokia plans to have super high speed base stations starting at 2.5 GHz band by 2007 and up to 3.5 GHz bandwidth by 2008. Moreover, Nokia mobile devices are also expected to be available in 2008. There are some advantages with this new technology. For instance, Nokia Flexi WiMAX Base Stations will be compact in size, power consumption, and physical effort as far as installing and running the WiMAX networks. Modularity will allow for easy capacity upgrades with traffic increase, rolling in the 4G era. Intel also just introduced their system-on-a-chip (SoC) WiMAX Connection 2250. The SoC enables high-speed broadband handsets to connect to both fixed WiMAX networks, and mobile ones like those enabled by Nokia’s new Flexi base station model. In addition, Intel confirmed that its 2250 SoC is capable of handling a discrete WiMAX channel of up to 10 MHz bandwidth. With spectral efficiency at 1.9 bps per hertz, and you have a the theoretical maximum throughput approaches a whopping 19 Mbps. Intel SoC chips will very likely be powering Nokia WiMAX handsets. Sprint also will be using the same frequency for its WiMax deployment, by late 2007, which leads to the conclusion- that partnership is inevitable-between the two already amicable companies. The WiMAX IEEE 802.16e version is expected to be standardized later this year.

Via BetaNews.

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