WiMax has received a major fillip, with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) including the technology as an International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) standard.
This means the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference, which will this week request additional spectrum for the deployment of the IMT 3G-type systemsworldwide, will now take into account the new IMT-2000 OFDMA TDD WMAN standards derived froom the IEEE 802.16 mobile component.
The ITU Radiocommunication Assembly last week took a decision of global importance to include WiMax-derived technology in the framework of the International Mobile Telecommunications IMT-2000 set of standards.
This agreement paves the way for the deployment of a range of voice, data, and multimedia services to both stationary and mobile devices. Significantly, it opens the door to mobile Internet, catering to demand in both urban and rural markets.
The ITU Radiocommunication Assembly formally recognized technology derived from IEEE 802.16 by incorporating it as the sixth terrestrial IMT-2000 radio interface. This is the first addition to IMT-2000 since the original five were adopted years ago as part of the 3G radio standards being used globally and significantly pushes the technological envelope of IMT-2000 capabilities.
IMT-2000 is a global standard defined by ITU in a set of interdependent ITU Recommendations, which include the specifications for the radio interfaces of advanced wireless communications systems such as 3G mobile.
An initial application for the IMT-2000 Advanced standard was made at the ITU-R WP8F meeting in Kobe, Japan, in January this year. The adoption of the latest radio interface was the culmination of tireless effort among administrations, industry and ITU experts.
"WiMax technology currently has the potential to reach 2,7-billion people," says Ron Resnick, president of the WiMAX Forum. "Today's announcement expands the reach to a significantly larger global population."
The new technology will facilitate delivery of broadband wireless services at lower cost and include multiple wireless broadband Internet services, including VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).