Wireless data is on its way, but it’s not here yet. Sure we have EVDO but if you have ever tried to get anything done online while commuting on a train, you know the service is crippled by packet loss, high latency, and is inherently plagued with connectivity hiccups due to its thin slice of spectrum. Third generation wireless is just enough to keep us content while on the road, nothing more. But WiMax, the next generation of wireless, means a lot more to business than conveniently snagging our email while on the road.

While we might not see smooth rollouts and fast dependable service for another year or two, it is important to begin considering how it will factor into your network. Most organizations are signing new network contracts every 36 months and reviewing them at least 12 months before signing a new contract. The timing is perfect to add WiMax to the mix for consideration in your next network rollout.

If your organization has many small, low priority locations, it might be feasible to use WiMax as the primary connection to your network. Assuming WiMax evolves into an available and dependable service, you no longer have to worry about a truck hitting a telephone pole and knocking you out of business, diversity cable and DSL cannot guarantee. You will also benefit from much less expensive pricing than ISDN, Frame Relay, or MPLS circuits and the bandwidth will likely far exceed your remote locations’ needs, better facilitating the video conferencing and training programs you have been considering but never had network capacity for. And WiMax offers true, widespread serviceability allowing you to achieve a level of standardization across all of your low priority remote locations that would be impossible with DSL or cable.

If all of your remote locations are critical, do not rule out WiMax yet. Consider it as a secondary connection should your primary circuit fail. You will gain all of the aforementioned benefits; inexpensive, last mile redundancy, and standardization across all sites, as well as the peace of mind that all of your sites will remain connected to your network guarding a major catastrophe in the area or hardware failure (which is a separate issue altogether).

As networks grow and applications require more bandwidth, it is important to look at all available infrastructure options. More and more companies are shifting from Frame Relay to MPLS, replacing ISDN lines with a broadband alternative, and are changing the way their networks are managed. Now WiMax will quickly become a staple in many networks. An expert like Source One can help you understand what is best for your organization and assist you in making these crucial decisions while coordinating between IT and purchasing, ensuring both technical and financial concerns are satisfied.

Start watching now so you are ready to take advantage of everything WiMax has to offer the next time you revise your network.
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