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Definition: WiMAX is a technology standard for long-range wireless networking. WiMAX equipment exists in two basic forms - base stations, installed by service providers to deploy the technology in a coverage area, and receivers, installed in clients. WiMAX supports several networking usage models:
    1. a means to transfer data across an Internet service provider network, commonly called backhaul)
    2. a form of fixed wireless broadband Internet access, replacing satellite Internet service
    3. a form of mobile Internet access that at one time competed directly with LTE technology
While at one time WiMAX was envisioned to be a leading form of Internet communications across all three of the areas above, it's adoption has been limited.

WiMAX is developed by an industry consortium, overseen by a group called the WiMAX Forum. The Forum certifies WiMAX equipment to ensure it meets the technology standards. Its technology is based on the IEEE 802.16 set of wide-area communications standards. WiMAX signals can function over a distance of several miles (kilometers) with data rates reaching up to 75 megabits per second (Mb/s). A number of wireless signaling options exist ranging anywhere from the 2 GHz range up to 66 GHz.

Primarily due to its much higher cost, WiMAX is not a replacement for Wi-Fi home networking or Wi-Fi hotspot technologies.

Also Known As: Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access

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