Wireless Broadband has become common technology nowadays. Because of wireless broadband, we can access internet easier in a place where wireless broadband is set such as cafe, garden, and other public places. The speed of wireless broadband is as good as wired broadband such as ADSL or cable modem. The coverage area is about 50 km (30 miles) from the tower. Another popular term of wireless internet broadband is WiFi. There are so many wireless broadband providers such as http://www.broadbandexpert.com.au/ that has many wireless broadband plans that you can choose.
Talking about broadband technologies, WiMax is one of them. It is shorthand for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. WiMax has high speed and wide coverage area. Current speed of WiMax for downlink is 144 Mbits/s and for uplink is 35 Mbits/s. The potential services that can get benefits of WiMax are (from Wikipedia)
- Providing portable mobile broadband connectivity across cities and countries through a variety of devices.
- Providing a wireless alternative to cable and DSL for “last mile” broadband access.
- Providing data, telecommunications (VoIP) and IPTV services (triple play).
- Providing a source of Internet connectivity as part of a business continuity plan. That is, if a business has both a fixed and a wireless Internet connection, especially from unrelated providers, it is less likely to be affected by the same service outage.
- Providing a network to facilitate machine to machine communications, such as for Smart Metering.
The power of WiMax can be considerable option to replace GSM and CDMA technologies. In my country, WiMax is in progress to be implemented.