Despite the fact that the wireless standard WiMax 2 has recently become a little less popular than LTE, work on its adoption is underway. So, now the standard is almost ready, and its introduction into new devices will be carried out immediately after the adoption of WiMax 2. The last stage of the protocol development, standardization, is carried out by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Experts believe that the approval of the protocol should occur in November. After that, manufacturers will begin work on the integration of new technology into new devices, and the first such devices with WiMax 2 should appear in early 2011.
Declan Byrne, WiMax Forum's marketing director, said mobile service providers will begin work on building WiMax 2 wireless infrastructures in 2012. As you can see, the usual situation occurs - first devices with a new communication protocol appear, but popularization of new protocols occurs a little later. Apparently, the emergence of WiMax 2 networks will happen after the LTE public access networks appear.
Recall that the developers of the WiMax 2 protocol claim that the new standard will allow raising the average data transfer rate to 100 Mbps (the maximum speed is in the direction from the base station to the user device). It is worth noting that the developers have maintained the backward compatibility of the new protocol with previous versions of WiMax.
It should be noted that LTE, as mentioned above, is becoming increasingly popular, eclipsing the previously expected WiMax 2. Currently, most countries are preparing to deploy LTE networks - such countries include Europe and the USA. So WiMax 2 has a hope for use in countries where it is not planned to create an infrastructure of LTE-networks. True, not all manufacturers support LTE. Giants such as Intel, Motorola, Samsung and some others still prefer WiMax rather than LTE.
In general, competition between communication protocols and manufacturers is always good, because then one and the other side develops faster, trying to master as many regions as possible in a short period of time.
Well, it remains to wait for the emergence of new communication protocols, which, as always, will make life on the Web more convenient, affordable, and enjoyable.