The horse is out of the stable, it’s running around the track and there isn’t another one in sight.

—Barry West, President of Xohm and CTO of Sprint Nextel Corp., on the status of Mobile WiMAX networks in the United States. Keynote at WiMAX World USA, 2007

The word broadband, when mentioned, usually gets associated with ADSL, FTTH, or cable-delivered internet. It is only recently that broadband has begun to imply a wireless mode of connectivity as well, and that, too, in relation to WiFi networks. Today’s broadband wireless networks have three manifestations:

•  WLANs, mesh networks, or WiFi at home or public places based on 802.11a, b/g

•  Wireless MANs based on 802.16 including WiMAX ...

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