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Posted on February, Thursday 16, 2012 By itVAR News Network

The adoption of Wimax largely depends on the development of proper ecosystem that can support Wimax to the full.

At a time when the country like India is moving ahead with huge number of mobile subscribers, the choice of Wimax is giving a great communications weapon at the hands of operators. However, if network operators want to reap the full benefits that WiMAX and its all-IP architecture can deliver, they need Wima

At a time when the country like India is moving ahead with huge number of mobile subscribers, the choice of Wimax is giving a great communications weapon at the hands of operators. However, if network operators want to reap the full benefits that WiMAX and its all-IP architecture can deliver, they need Wimax to the full and to carefully select the communication solutions that best suit their requirements and provide all the functionality required while avoiding unnecessary complexity in their network rollout.

End-to-End WiMAX

Each operator has to carefully identify its own requirements, dictated by the type of services offered, the market segments targeted, the spectrum available, and the topography of the coverage area. There is no single solution that works for all, and operators need to make key choices about the management and core networks as they plan for their WiMAX networks.

It is very important to note that today's network operators need to understand what lies beyond base stations in a WiMAX network, and what options are available for them as they move forward along one of the most exciting technological frontiers in a country which is still not connected to a large extent.

The WiMAX technology of communication, as with many new technologies, is based on an open standard approach. While standards increasingly play a crucial role in driving adoption at various levels, they are not enough to guarantee success for the technology on the long run. And as a result, standard-based technology will succeed only if a solid ecosystem of operators, vendors, and solution and content providers emerges to support it, as is the case with WiMAX as well.

Interestingly, mobile WiMAX is based on the 802.16e-2005 version of the IEEE 802.16 standard, but this only includes specifications for the Physical and Medium Access Control layers, as is customary for IEEE standards.

This special approach is providing WiMAX the big push needed to provide seamless connectivity for the end users and help the operators in terms of giving additional flexibility in the network management. Moving forward, an end to end approach to Wimax based communication is set to take the operators closer to the next level of technological adoption.

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