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WiMAX

Taking Wireless to the MAX, 1st Edition

By Deepak Pareek

Auerbach Publications

384 pages | 123 B/W Illus.

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With market value expected to reach $5 billion by 2007 and the endorsement of some of the biggest names in telecommunications, World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) is poised to change the broadband wireless landscape. But how much of WiMAX's touted potential is merely hype? Now that several pre-WiMAX networks have been deployed, what are the operators saying about QoS and ROI? How and when will device manufacturers integrate WiMAX into their products? What is the business case for using WiMAX rather than any number of other established wireless alternatives?

WiMAX: Taking Wireless to the MAX examines the evolution of wireless, broadband, and the wireless broadband landscape with exhaustive coverage of technological advances and evolving topologies. It sets the tone for the journey towards untouched wireless heights - WiMAX. The author builds a complete understanding of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) Technologies, elaborating on past developments, present needs and uses, and future trends and markets. He lays out a road map to the future and articulates present and future applications and models of BWA with focus on WiMAX. The book also provides a detailed discussion on the advanced technologies central to the existence of WiMAX. It presents strategies for building the case for WiMAX and achieving success for the different players, including service providers and equipment manufacturers.

An increasing demand for access to information anytime, anywhere has led to explosive growth in access and wireless technologies. The trend has created new competitive threats as well as new opportunities in every walk of life. The task, then, is to turn possibilities into realities and provide solutions that enable anywhere, anytime access to information and applications at low cost and with a small investment. Taking a coherent and fact-based approach, this book explores the space between what is known and available and what industry needs.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Give Me More: The Need for Broadband

Going Wireless: Enabling the Revolution

Broadband Goes Wireless

Understanding Wireless Networks

Defining Standards

Wireless Network Types

Key Wireless Technologies

Dynamics of Wireless Technologies

Opportunity for Wireless Technologies

Always Best-Connected

The Goal

Challenges

Key to Success: WiMAX

SETTING THE STAGE

The Knowledge Economy

The Need for Connectivity

Communication: Evolving with Mankind

The Global Brain

The Digital Divide: What Does it Signify?

Digital Market: Impact of E-Commerce

Digital Government: Assessing E-Government

The Economic Impact of Telecommunication

TELECOMMUNICATION: A CONNECTING MECHANISM

Telecommunication: Continuously Evolving

Trends in Transmission Coding Technology

A New Era of Telecommunication

The Network Is Born

Comparing the Telecom and Data Network Models

THE INTERNET TAKES OFF

The Birth of the Commercial Internet

Related Networks

Internet Evolution

The Technology behind the Internet

Backhaul Technologies

Distribution Technologies

Unprecedented Internet Growth

The Impact of the Internet

THE BROADER THE BETTER

The Need for Broadband

Why Broadband?

Broadband Applications

Broadband Technologies

Broadband Drivers and Pitfalls

WIRED VERSUS WIRELESS

Wireline Will Bleed but Won't Die

Why Go Wireless?7

The WLL Revolution

Wireless Data Access

Connectivity without Strings

Wireless Internet: Boom Time

Flavors of Wireless Internet

Wireless Network Technology

Drivers for Wireless Networks

Issues for Wireless Networks

BROADBAND UNWIRED

The Last Mile Shall Be the First

What Is Access?

Communications Revolution: Broadband Wireless Access (BWA)

BWA Technologies

Trends and Directions

Successes and Failures

WiMAX without Wires

Making Broadband Personal

One for Everyone

The Way Ahead

3G and Beyond

UNDERSTANDING THE TECHNOLOGY

How WiMAX Works

Designed to Succeed

Flavors of WiMAX

Types of WiMAX

Evolution of WiMAX

The Cutting Edge

IEEE 802.16 Standards

Overview

Family of IEEE 802.16 Standards

Importance of Standards

Technology Description

Base Stations

CPE or Subscriber System

RF Signals

Deployment Stages

Network Topology

Spectrum Issues

Spectrum Management

Spectral Impact: WiMAX

Licensed versus License Exempt

SURVEYING THE LANDSCAPE

A Common Solution for Multiple Problems

The USP

Universal Acceptance: The Challenge

Economics of WiMAX

WiMAX Cost Structure

Capital Expenses (CAPEXs)

WiMAX Benefits

The Importance of Scalability and Flexibility

Coexistence

Convergence: The Future of Communication

WiMAX and Multiple Service Levels

Marketplace Positioning

Market Analysis

Market Segmentation and Scope

WiMAX Applications

Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs)

High-Speed Internet Access or Wireless DSL

Backhaul

Clustered Wi-Fi Hot Spots

The Last Mile: Bringing Broadband to Underserved Areas

Other Applications

Are We Ready?

High Expectations

Deployment Process

WiMAX: Initial Phase

IDENTIFYING THE MARKET

Boom Period: Wireless Networks

WiMAX: Wi-Fi on Steroids

The Present Scenario

WiMAX Players

WiMAX Forum and Wi-Fi Alliance

The Role of the WiMAX Forum

Conformance versus Interoperability

The WiMAX Certification Process

Market Drivers

Market Challenges

Government Regulations

Incumbent Telecoms

Licenses

The Spectrum Picture

3.5 GHz Band

5 GHz U-NII and WRC Bands

Multi-channel Multi-point Distribution Service

Future Spectrum for BWA/WiMAX

Block Sizes

FDD and TDD Status

PREDICTING THE FUTURE

The Historical Pattern

Lessons from History

Broadband Wireless Access (BWA): The Next Big Thing

The Failure of Generation One

BWA: The Present

Taking Broadband to the Masses

Professional Users: Needing Mobile Broadband More than Ever

Public and Residential Users: Getting More Done at Home

WiMAX: The New Kid on the Block

Radio Technology: Push in the Right Direction

WiMAX Poised for Take-Off (or Maybe Not)

Is WiMAX Secure?

Positive Spectrum Environment

Forecasts and Global Trends

ANALYZING THE MODEL

WiMAX: Scores Higher

SWOT Analysis

Where WiMAX Fits in

Business Case

PLANNING THE STRATEGY

Management Summary

Strategy Development: An Art, Not a Science

To WiMAX or Not to WiMAX

The Players

Service Providers

Equipment Vendors

Regulators

Investors

Mobility: The Catch-22

Getting the Best out of WiMAX

Recommendations

CONCLUSION

The World Wants Access

Broadband Access to Buildings

Broadband Wireless Access (BWA)

WiMAX

Properties of IEEE Standard 802.16

Third-Generation Technology in 802.16

WiMAX Forum Purpose

About the Series

Informa Telecoms & Media

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM043000
COMPUTERS / Networking / General
TEC007000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electrical
TEC041000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Telecommunications
TEC061000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications