The Radiocommunication Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R) has included Wi-MAX technology ...
October 19, 2007
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.”