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By kaiuk
#1257
Has anyone tried WiMax broadband? It is only available in parts of the UK but the concept seems to be really good. Imagine being able to walk around anywhere and get fast broadband on your devices.

4G is pricey and if you're using a laptop then you might need to do some kind of hookup with your phone in order to make it work. I find USB dongles to be really slow, not sure about ones with built-in SIM options but i'm sure those are better.

Haven't tried WiMax yet but often wondered why it never really took off.
By Johnderman
#1261
WiMax is really popular where I live, I used to be an installer for Alvarion, Motorola Canopy, and Ubiquiti equipment. You just need a link antenna up every few miles on a tower or high building somewhere and you can serve a huge area. I don't know why it's not used more in the UK, it would be a very cost effective way to set up high speed internet on interstates and in metro areas.
By kaiuk
#1282
I thought it would be a good business in built up areas. It is easier to put up an antenna than it is to dig a huge trench on a public pathway in order to lay some cables, and then make good again afterwards.

I never looked at the pricing as i don't recall being given the option to sign up. I suppose there are a lot of competing ISPs all offering high speed cabled internet so WiMax would be hard to market. Might have an issue with downloaders as well hogging all the bandwidth!
By sbatz1972
#2659
Wow, this sounds perfect. When is the concept coming to the US. I would like to see this type of Internet come to the US. Well, I would like there to be more public Internet and I would like to see an Internet service that works just without needing to pay anyone. Much like the concept that Mark Zukkerburg is setting up worldwide for developing nations. I think this is a little bit bull *Bleep*. I think even he would not mind saving the upwards of $100 per month for ISP.
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By nytegeek
#2677
sbatz1972 wrote:Wow, this sounds perfect. When is the concept coming to the US. I would like to see this type of Internet come to the US. Well, I would like there to be more public Internet and I would like to see an Internet service that works just without needing to pay anyone. Much like the concept that Mark Zukkerburg is setting up worldwide for developing nations. I think this is a little bit bull *Bleep*. I think even he would not mind saving the upwards of $100 per month for ISP.
Wimax is in widespread use in the USA already. Wimax does not equal free internet for all if that is what you are thinking. It ismost commonly deployed by cellular carriers like Sprint for 4G service. It's for mobile broadband service. It is kind of slow as compared to traditional wired connections but has potential for providing coverage in rural areas if deployed properly.
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By ericnail
#3149
WiMAX is exceptionally good. In the USA there was a company 'Clearwire' that was starting out with this technology. It was very quickly bought up by big companies such as Google, Intel, Sprint, Comcast, etc.

If that doesn't tell you just how good it is, maybe the fact that in it's start WiMAX was pushing 40Mbit/s and in 2011 was capable of 1Gbit/s. Thats incredible for a wireless broadband network. I would look for this to be the future of internet (at least in some form).

However, it's worth mentioning that like any network: more users = degraded performance.
By adssolsn
#3257
I believe wimax is much better when compared to Ethernet and Wi-Fi. I feel that wimax is better technology, especially when we consider large scale advantages like reaching the larger community. Although we may have some few challenges, it looks like the way to the future.
By vinaya
#3515
I have used USB dongles with built-in SIM option. In my home country Nepal, USB dongle is one of the fastest internet service available. We also have WiMax, which is provided by Nepal Temecom, a government owned telecommunication company and internet service provider. WiMax was introduced as the fastest internet service in the country, however, today it not as fast as it used to be but it is off course cheapest internet service found in the country.
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