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Is WiMAX A Small-Town Hero?
The term "tween" is often used to describe youngsters of a certain age, but as wireless broadband operators have learned, it also refers to a certain type of business that needs a new type of access.
"There's a huge collection of companies that are falling halfway between DSL, which is not really enough for them, and a T1," said Caroline Gabriel, research director at Rethink Research. "It's a stretch for them to lease a T1, which is overkill. Broadband wireless fits right in the middle."
WiMAX wireless broadband has been available in pre-standard form for more than a year and standardized WiMAX could start being available before the end of the year. In addition, other wireless broadband technologies, such as Flarion Technologies' FLASH-OFDM, also are available in some areas.
Besides being a good fit for many small and medium-sized organizations, it turns out this emerging technology looks to have one other big benefit: It will bring fast access to many businesses, particularly in smaller markets, that don't have a lot of connectivity options. That means WiMAX and other types of wireless broadband, could become a true small town hero.
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