Samsung shows off WiMAX 2 running at 330Mbps

By on October 4, 2010, 10:41 AM
Even though WiMAX coverage is still unavailable in most places and the technology’s main backer in the U.S. is already mulling the possibility of adopting LTE in the near future, the WiMAX Forum industry group is moving full steam ahead with the next iteration of its 4G standard. Based on the 802.16m specification, WiMAX 2 will be capable of delivering around 100Mbps downstream on high mobility devices like cell phones and approximately 1Gbps for stationary devices like a 4G modem at home. Today Samsung is offering a small taste of the insane speeds to come in the future.

The company showed off a WiMAX 2 implementation at the CEATEC Japan 2010 electronics show this week in Tokyo and was able to achieve download speeds of roughly 330 Mbps and simultaneously stream16 full-HD videos. The trial system was built in partnership with UQ Communications and reportedly uses Samsung Mobile WiMAX base stations already deployed globally by major Mobile WiMAX operators. Companies can upgrade the aforementioned base stations to WiMAX 2 with new channel cards or system software, thus avoiding costly implementations. That said, the first commercially available WiMAX 2 products from Samsung won’t be out until the end of 2011.

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Pretty impressive, just a shame I may never get to see or use this tech! out of question, anyone able to link me to what LTE is and how it works?

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Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

cool, but i don't feel like this will come to my country soon. even if Wimax is widely used, i'm not sure they'll go for it easily. mobile broadband is the new trend along ADSL for home users, while businesses have bigger options.

the telco i work for just made announcements about pushing forward LTE (it's the next gen of 3G network burty, in fact we do call it 'almost' 4G :P) ... i'm sure by now u already googled or wikied it :P


DjKraid DjKraid said:

Cool! but what's the point in 1Gbps dwn speed for "normal ppl"? -ok if you have a server then ofc you need to have good up&dnw speed but if you are a "normal home / desktop user" then what's the point? -it's not legal to download stuff...and if you want to download something (legally, ex steam games / itunes / whatnat) why couldn't you wait for it a few minutes why do you need it so fast..?

sry for using the word "you" so much, it's not pointed at anyone specific...or maybe a bit to those who wants so fast connections and "needs" it too.

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