A new wireless networking technology called WiMax is emerging
and has the potential to provide a viable alternative for
broadband access to service providers. WiMax, also known as
802.16, is a wireless networking standard that extends the
range and bandwidth of the now established Wi-Fi standards
which include 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g.
The new wireless technology could provide network access
video at speeds of up to 70Mbps at a range
of 30 miles to thousands of users from a single base station.
The WiMax standard is complementary to Wi-Fi since it can
connect the 802.11 hotspots to the Internet and provide a
wireless alternative for First Mile broadband connectivity
to businesses and residences. This new standard will appeal
to the next wave of end users, especially in emerging markets
like China, India and Latin America, where the cost of other
broadband technologies may not be economical.
Centillium will participate in the wireless segment by first
integrating Wi-Fi capabilities in our DSL
and FTTP CPE solutions.
As we did with our DSL and FTTP solutions, Centillium will
consider offering WiMax CPE and Basestation solutions once
the standards are better defined and there is more visibility
to the service provider deployment plans for WiMax.