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ITU approves Wi-Max technology as new IMT-2000 standard

The Radiocommunication Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R) has included Wi-MAX technology ...


October 19, 2007  


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The Radiocommunication Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R) has included Wi-MAX technology in the IMT-2000 set of standards.

According to the Wi-Max Forum, the decision to approve its version of IEEE Standard 802.16 as an IMT-2000 technology significantly escalates opportunities for global deployment, especially within the 2.5-2.69 GHz band, to deliver mobile Internet to satisfy both rural and urban market demand.

“This is a unique milestone for Wi-Max technology,” said Ron Resnick, president of the Wi-Max Forum. “This is the first time that a new air interface has been added to the IMT-2000 set of standards since the original technologies were selected nearly a decade ago.

Originally created to harmonize 3G mobile systems and to increase opportunities for worldwide interoperability, the IMT-2000 family of standards will now support four different access technologies including OFDMA (includes Wi-Max), FDMA, TDMA and CDMA.

“3G solutions based upon technologies such as W-CDMA, CDMA-2000, and TD-SCDMA technologies were already included in the IMT-2000 set of standards,” said Resnick.

“With Wi-Max technology now included, it places us on equal footing with the legacy-based technologies ITU-R already endorses.”