The Best of Both Worlds – Mobility and Broadband All at the Same Time

It’s a classic dichotomy by now: home broadband internet versus wireless internet. The former offers customers faster download and upload speeds so that they can do their work and experience their pleasure at a snappier pace; the latter offers the convenience of mobility, giving the highly active and ambulatory denizens of the 21st century a telecommunications solution.

Yet just as these categories have their virtues, they have their vices: home connections require cabling of one sort or another (either a phone line or cable of some sort) and obviously can’t be taken on the go, and mobile connections tend to be weak on performance and require the user to remain within a certain, confined area. But what if these two worlds could be united into one? What if customers could get the best of both worlds? Well, fortunately they can! All thanks to recent developments in mobile technology.

In fact, it’s not all that recent-it’s just a matter that hadn’t been heavily invested in yet by telecommunications providers…up till recently, of course. What we are talking about here is WiMax, the surprisingly ubiquitous and powerful (and promising) variety of wireless connection. The term itself is the marketing nickname for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, a transmission technology that has proven to be the most promising among the realm of wireless technologies. With this variety of connection, users are in fact able to get both stationary (aka home) internet service and on to go internet-a versatile and universal internet solution. And, thanks to the fact that 4G mobile standards have recently been implemented over such transmission technologies, the world is literally at the doorstep of any user lucky (and smart) enough to be receiving such services.

The basic idea here is that cables are cut out of the picture not only for the mobile user, but also for the home internet user. Indeed, thanks to the willingness of a few visionary communications providers many households throughout the US and in many countries abroad are already getting high-performance broadband internet connections without a single cable entering/leaving the premises. That’s because with WiMax, everything this side of the communications provider is wireless-the proverbial ‘last mile’ has finally been furnished without having to lay a single cable, and with data transfer speeds that make previous wireless communications capacities blush in embarrassment.

That’s right: this is a significant step up from just about any other kind of wireless connection to the web. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about satellite, Wi-Fi or what have you-there is just no overcoming the force of this new technology in terms of download and upload Mbit/s. And it’s not just a question of data transfer speeds-it’s also an issue of the size of coverage areas and the strength of the signal itself, which in this case has been tremendously improved over pretty much all other alternatives in the wireless sector. With WiMax, the limits you used to know will literally vanish into thin air!

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