It’s a term (and a technology) that has been bandied about for around four years now, but after waiting far too long for the next next best thing, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has just given its oh-so-coveted stamp of approval to 802.16m. For those unfamiliar with such a term, that’s the standard for next generation WiMAX, which may end up being capable of handling downstream rates of over 300Mbps. ‘Course, those that were around during CEATEC last year know that Samsung already hit that in testing, but we’re starting to feel as if that 1Gbps theoretical maximum that we were teased with in 2007 (and again last year) won’t ever breach reality. It’s tough to say what this approval means on the consumer front — over the past four years, a tremendous amount of carriers have switched their allegiance to LTE, and even if WiMAX 2.0 finds itself ready for public consumption in the near future, it’ll take a serious operator commitment before you’ll ever enjoy the spoils. So Sprint, you feeling froggy?
IEEE approves next generation WiMAX standard, invites you to meet 802.16m originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.