Samsung, which is working to support the WiMAX 2 standard, demonstrated a WiMAX 2 trial system at 330Mbps, at CEATEC in Japan. WiMAX 2 standard tops out around 120 Mbps (mobile), although the 802.16m standard is designed to pump out as much as 1 Gbps (fixed).
Samsung and UQ Communications demonstrated full HD 3D videos and 16 full HD videos on 4 large-format displays at the same time using the WiMAX 2 trial system.
The demo was in partnership with UQ Communications which provides mobile WiMAX services thoughout Japan. WiMAX 2.0 is based on IEEE 802.16m and enables operators to migrate to next-gen WiMAX standard while keeping backwards compatibility with today’s gear. It uses 4×2 MIMO with 20 MHz wide channels instead of today’s 10 MHz channels used by Mobile WiMAX. On Feb. 26, 2009, UQ started its mobile WiMAX service in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kawasaki.
WiMAX 2 features a Relay Station option that may prove to be more significant then raw speed. A relay station is like a repeater, providing both 16m and 16e service for shadow areas without needing dedicated backhaul.
The WiMAX 2 standard is expected to be finalized by next month with first commercial solution scheduled in end of 2011. Samsung’s U-RAS Flexible base stations can be used as a common platform for Mobile WiMAX (802.16e), Mobile WiMAX 2 (802.16m), as well as both FDD-LTE and TD-LTE deployments. Clearwire also deploys Samsung base stations.
LTE and WiMAX are often called “4G”, but they are not “official” 4G standards, according to the ITU. The ITU requires 100 Mbps (mobile) and 1 Gbps (fixed) speeds, among other criteria, to qualify as true “4G”.
Wimax 2 meets the ITU requirements for 4G and allows for peak rates of more than 300 Mbps. Companies supporting the interoperability WiMAX 2.0 standard include; Alvarion, Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Sequans, XRONet and ZTE.
WiMAX 2.0 is four times faster than current Mobile WiMAX (802.16e), bringing it in the ballpark with AT&T’s 20 Mbps U-verse service which delivers a triple play.
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