Definition: Is a broadband wireless data communications technology based around the IEE 802.16 standard providing high speed data over a wide area.
The letters of WiMAX stand for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (AXess), and it is a technology for point to multipoint wireless networking.
WiMAX technology is expected to meet the needs of a large variety of users from those in developed nations wanting to install a new high speed data network very cheaply without the cost and time required to install a wired network, to those in rural areas needing fast access where wired solutions may not be viable because of the distances and costs involved.
Additionally it is being used for mobile applications, proving high speed data to users on the move.
The standard for WiMAX is a standard for Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMANs) that has been developed by working group number 16 of IEEE 802, specializing in point-to-multipoint broadband wireless access.
Initially 802.16a was developed and launched, but now it has been further refined. 802.16d or 802.16-2004 was released as a refined version of the 802.16a standard aimed at fixed applications.
Another version of the standard, 802.16e or 802.16-2005 was also released and aimed at the roaming and mobile markets.