Next gen WiMax standard approved by IEEE

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has formally approved IEEE 802.16m, the standard for the next generation of WiMax.

Also known as Mobile WiMax Release 2, WirelessMAN-Advanced or WiMax-2, it could deliver downstream speeds of more than 300million b/s. It offers significant leap from the current WiMax technology, based on the 802.16e standard and should be backwards compatible with existing infrastructure. Major worldwide governmental and industrial organisations, including ARIB, TTA, and the WiMAX Forum, are adopting the standard, the IEEE said. The 802.16m technology has already been approved by the ITU. "We are delighted that IEEE has recognised the completion of this comprehensive technical effort that has involved hundreds of creative and diligent professionals from over 20 countries during the last four years," said Dr Roger Marks, pictured, chair of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group. "Our organisation was able to efficiently harmonise these innovative technologies into a clear set of specifications guiding the future development of the mobile broadband marketplace."