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LTE vs. WiMAX for 4G wireless broadband: Which one and why?

This new advanced workshop on 4G wireless broadband deployment looks at the operator issues surrounding LTE and WiMAX and the issues that remain around providing voice services.

Kate Gerwig, Site EditorKate Gerwig

 LTE vs. WiMAX. I've witnessed intense debates on the advantages of using one over the other to deploy 4G wireless broadband networks. Your average person on the street and in your Starbucks is even talking about which standards group has the most 4G credibility.

To clarify the situation, a new workshop, Wireless Broadband: Meeting demand, choosing technology is fast becoming one of those guides that no telecom operator can be without. In three well-chosen articles and a podcast, 4G expert Tom Nolle (long-time consultant to the telecom industry) looks at the essential similarities and differences between WiMAX and LTE and discusses which one you should consider, for what purpose and why.

Of course it's not simple. The standards were developed by different groups with different missions, although they do many of the same things. And each operator has unique network needs affected by geography, customer-base and service plans.

Then there's voice – the last gen, highly profitable, old standby service. Voice over LTE isn't your grandfather's Ma Bell network, however, and how to best provide a high-quality voice service is an issue getting bigger every day. After all these years, who knew that voice would be a complicating factor in the technological march forward. It's a small world after all.

This was last published in May 2009

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