Problem: Lagging Deployment of Broadband Access Networks
There is a strong and rapidly growing demand for broadband access on the part of consumers, businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations as the Internet is used for new applications and services.
The introduction of new mobile devices, like the Apple iPhone 3G, and rapidly spreading social networking (Facebook) and media (YouTube) platforms, have the combined impact of an exponential growth in broadband demand.
The network must somehow catch up with the capabilities of related technologies, especially high definition television. According to the Cisco VNI Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (chart below), video will be responsible for the majority of the traffic growth between 2008 and 2013.
The Internet is likely to dramatically change over the next few years into a pipeline for streaming audio and video. This will be facilitated by the migration of existing networks to the new Internet Protocol (IPv6).
With the severe economic recession, solutions that are deployed quickly (with minimum infrastructure) and are cost-effective (wireless networks) will take precedence.
As explained below, mobile WiMAX is ideally suited to expand broadband access into unserved, underserved and remote areas, as well as to increase capacities in primary markets.
Solution: Wireless Broadband Access on Mobile WiMAX Networks
“WiMAX” (or the “Worldwide Interface for Microwave Access”) is a revolutionary and powerful form of wireless mobile Internet access technology developed by the world’s leading computer-chip maker, Intel Corporation. Users can take their Internet access with them anywhere in WiMAX coverage zones around the world.
Unlike Wi-Fi that covers a single building, or cellular data cards that offer a minimum in Internet speeds, WiMAX can serve an entire community at high speeds. WiMAX has been called “Wi-Fi on steroids,” since it has a much larger coverage area, enhanced security, and faster data rates.
WiMAX is a wireless technology that provides “mobile” Internet access – use your computer on the train, on the bus or in the car. Just as cell phones have freed us from having to be in the office to make or receive calls, wireless mobile WiMAX frees us from having to be in the office, school, or home to send or receive an email, view a website, pay a bill online, download music, and so on.
WiMAX can be used with a range of devices to connect to the Internet, such as laptops, mobile, smart or VoIP phones, personal digital assistants (PDA), Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation devices, or video surveillance cameras. WiMAX connects with any compliant device, anywhere in the coverage area, anytime.