- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 30 Jan 2015
WiMax is a wireless communication platform that uses a microwave link to provide Internet access across a wide area, possibly as big as 3,000 square miles. It uses a microwave base station with a range of about 50 km and it is capable of providing 70 Mbps and higher connectivity using licensed and un-licensed frequency bands of 2 – 11 GHz and 10 – 66 GHz.
In many ways it can be considered as a large area WiFi reducing the need to move from hot spot to hot spot when trying to use a laptop on the move. For mobile applications it competes with LTE (4G) which is more-or-less a plug-and-play extension of the existing 3G system in the UK meaning operators have increased speeds without the need to install a completely new platform. For fixed connectivity the wide area coverage of WiMax has proven to be effective for establishing connectivity in disaster zones and it has become more popular in emerging markets where established cable connections are not available.
This article was created by --BRE. It was taken from The future of electricity in domestic buildings, a review, by Andrew Williams, published in November 2014.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Glossary of electrical terms.
- ICT and Automation (ICTA) Scoping Study Report.
- Information and communications technology.
- Internet of things.
- Local area network.
- Smart buildings.
- Smart cities.
- Smart technology.
- The future of electricity in domestic buildings.
 External references
- Intel. Welcome to Your Internet Future – Mobile Broadband brought to you by WiMAX.
Featured articles and news
Balfour Beatty fined £500,000 for exposing workers to hand-arm vibration.
James Brokenshire launches a consultation on banning combustible cladding.
A year after Grenfell, we have a collection of 30 articles telling you everything you need to know.
ICE publish a policy paper on the UK’s future interconnectivity with the EU and the challenges for infrastructure.
Detailed guidance about construction waste management.
The changing identity of London communities in the face of rapid urbanisation.
Can you help? We have 300 industry acronyms beginning with 'C' but none beginning with 'Y'.
From the sinister Carceri d’Invenzione to the triple portrait of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn and his Grand Tour travelling companions.
BSRIA launch the 5th edition of the Design Framework for Building Services (BG 6/2018).
Stella Rimmington famously said the construction industry was just as tricky as the KGB.
Construction site visitor cards are to be withdrawn.
3 WTC opens, RSHP’s first built project in New York.