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Fundamentals of WiMAX: Understanding Broadband Wireless Networking by The University of Texas at Austin Jeffrey G. Andrews Ph.D. - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D. - AT&T Labs Inc. Arunabha Ghosh, Rias Muhamed - AT&T Labs Inc.

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Chapter 2Overview of WiMAX

After years of development and uncertainty, a standards-based interoperable solution is emerging for wireless broadband. A broad industry consortium, the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) Forum has begun certifying broadband wireless products for interoperability and compliance with a standard. WiMAX is based on wireless metropolitan area networking (WMAN) standards developed by the IEEE 802.16 group and adopted by both IEEE and the ETSI HIPERMAN group. In this chapter, we present a concise technical overview of the emerging WiMAX solution for broadband wireless. The purpose here is to provide an executive summary before offering a more detailed exposition of WiMAX in later chapters.

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