WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is set to take over the world’s largest potential wireless market.
WiMAX’s (IEEE 802.16) superior wireless can go up to to 30 miles (50 km) from stations and 3-10 miles for mobile stations. The network speed is also faster and more stable than regular wireless, providing better quality mobile internet surfing experience.
China is viewed as a strategic region for WiMAX’s future growth because China has the largest number of internet and wireless mobile users in the world. Although China’s 20% of “netizens” (people able to connect to the internet) is less than US’s 70%, China’s growth potential is vast and transforming into one of the most advanced wireless internet leaders.
The popularity of netbooks and the rise of WIMAX are closely entwined and likely to spread far beyond Asia, especially to developing countries with little exisiting infrastructure.