Saturday, September 24, 2005

Its WiMax which will be the future of internet.

Gone are the days when you had to wait for months on end for your telephone connection. Gone are the days when you had to wait endlessly to get the username and password for your net connection from your ISP. These days, be it through wire or wireless you can get online within 24 hours. The ease with which one can get an internet connection and the plethora of information which is available online, more and more people are going online to make their day-to-day lives easier.

Of late the wireless form of connectivity is becoming popular thanks to ease of use and decreasing costs. For mobile communication to take place the handheld devices should be able to communicate with the base stations. The wireless devices must be in the base station’s range; else the wireless device is of no use to the user. These base stations, which incur huge erection costs, have to be placed at intervals of 10-12 Kilometres in the present wireless scenario. This results in wireless companies have base stations only in areas where they expect enough customers thus leaving a vast majority of the population without any network connectivity. Thus, in countries with large geographical area, rural population is deprived of their basic communication tools leave alone have the luxury of hooking on to the net.

But things might change in the near future. The much hyped WiMAX is almost here. WiMAX, also known as wireless broadband, the only advantage being, with just one base station the ISP can cater to customers in a 30 kilometre radius. Thus it reduces the cost of setting up base stations at every nook and corner of the city and also helps in covering a greater area than they used to before. It’s the rural population which will gain the most from this new technology which is based on the IEEE 802.16e standard. With greater areas being covered with WiMAX governments of developing nations can look to bridge the digital divide sooner rather than later.