18 December 2009

WiMAX accounts for more than 25% of last mile applications in US

Over 300 WiMAX applications accounted for one-fourth of the total last mile broadband stimulus applications received by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Agriculture's RUS fund, according to the WiMAX Forum.

“WiMAX can be deployed over wide areas to serve thousands of consumers cheaper and faster than traditional wireline services,” said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum.

WiMAX technology can bring 4G broadband services to rural areas, which are typically last priority for wireless carriers but most in need of these services. 4G service in these areas can enable vital services such as eGovernment, distance learning and remote healthcare. Rural broadband is important to bring economic gains to underdeveloped areas. According to a recent report by the Brookings Institution, for every 10% increase in broadband penetration of a rural area, the number of non-farming jobs grows by 0.2 – 0.3%.

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