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IEEE approves mobile WiMAX standard

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Finally the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has ratified the WIMAX Standard as 802.16e. Basically what this means is that chip makers such as Intel and Nokia will begin making or finalising their products.

It may take some time for this wireless standard to make inroads in Australia, particularly because Telstra will not support WIMAX, but with heavyweights such as Intel and just about every mobile phone maker onboard it could be a pretty dumb decision in the long term.

Telstra still has a problem because it still thinks like a monopoly, the days of proprietary technologies are over, the world is beginning to demand freedom of choice.

Many companies have already developed products with 802.16e in mind, cleverly thinking it was a fate accompli that is would one day be ratified and they have been proven correct.

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