Wireless broadband

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Wireless Broadband is a fairly new technology that provides high-speed wireless internet and data network access over a wide area.


The term broadband

According to the 802.16-2004 standard, broadband means 'having instantaneous bandwidth greater than around 1 MHz and supporting data rates greater than about 3 Mbps and Mbit/s and 756 Kbps Kilobit. This means that Wireless Broadband features speeds roughly equivalent to wired broadband access, such as that of ADSL or a cable modem. Wireless Broadband can also be Symmetrical, meaning bandwidth traveling in both directions download/upload, which is most associated with 'Fixed Wireless'. Fixed Wireless is a stationary terrestrial wireless connection (similar to satellite, but with far superior speeds), rather than mobile, which allows for greater speeds.


The acronym "WiBB" is entering the vernacular as a contraction of "Wireless Broadband", in much the same way as "WiFi" refers to 802.11 or similar wireless networks. [Original Research?][Citation Needed]

Technology and speeds

Few Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) provide download speeds of over 100 Mbit/s; most broadband wireless access services are estimated to have a range of 50 km (30 miles) from a tower.[1] Technologies used include LMDS and MMDS, as well as heavy use of the ISM bands and one particular access technology is being standardized by IEEE 802.16, also known as WiMAX. WiMAX is highly popular in Europe but has not met full acceptance in the United States because cost of deployment does not meet return on investment figures. In 2005 the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Report and Order that revised the FCC’s rules to open the 3650 MHz band for terrestrial wireless broadband operations.[2] On November 14, 2007 the Commission released Public Notice DA 07-4605 in which the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announced the start date for licensing and registration process for the 3650-3700 MHz band.[3] Recently the FCC adopted the TV White Space Rules (TVWS) and allowed some of the better none line of sight frequency (700 MHz) into the FCC Part-15 Rules (http://www.wispa.org/?p=3146). The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, (http://www.wispa.org)a National association of WISPs, petition the FCC and won. Because of this we will see new products on the market that will be far superior to the Wi-Fi standard, allowing for better coverage in rural areas.

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