Wireless MAN-Advanced for WiMAX-2, also known as IEEE 802.16m, has been approved by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the standard for the next generation of WiMax, which may deliver downstream speeds of more than 300 mbps. At the CEATAC trade show in Tokyo last year, Samsung demonstrated a pre-standard 802.16m network that achieved a speed of 330 mbps.
A significant majority of carriers that have committed to building so-called 4G (fourth-generation) networks have chosen LTE (Long-Term Evolution), which shares some underlying characteristics with WiMax but comes from a different standards body. We are delighted that IEEE has recognized the completion of this comprehensive technical effort that has involved hundreds of creative and diligent professionals from over twenty countries during the last four years.
IEEE 802.16m incorporates innovative communications technologies like multi-user MIMO for sending more than one stream of data, multicarrier operation and cooperative communications. It also supports femto-cells, self-organizing networks, and relays according to the IEEE. The new standard is backward compatible with the current WiMax.
WiMax is used for stationary or nomadic wireless broadband in many parts of the world. The 802.16e mobile WiMax standard was approved in the middle of the past decade, well before LTE and powered the first national network in the US using a next-generation technology.