WiMAX technology is alive and well and the supposedly negative LTE competition fosters innovation. Sprint, one of WiMAX‘s strongest supporters since its beginning has once again developed a new application to use the wireless broadband technology to its full extent. The 4G carrier announced the launching of its “4G Enterprise WAN for Business” which aims at giving branch and retail businesses a high-speed connection without having to use physical wire.
For a small business, setting up a new store location or new offices and expanding its activity can be a strenuous exercise. But providing these new spots with hardwired internet broadband access is a herculean task. Running wires is very time consuming and may involve long-term contracts with multiple data providers before the location is online. Sprint’s proposition is that it can install a business class outdoor modem in just 15 days and thus provide wireless broadband 4G WiMAX internet access to the location.
Sprint mainly targets businesses with smaller offices and retail locations, like kiosks. Going through the hassle of adopting a wired connection is worth it for large office buildings because they will need the speed and performance only fiber optics can support. However, for smaller-sized infrastructures, Sprint’s WiMAX Business solution will evidently reduce the difficulty of enjoying broadband wireless internet access. Sprint’s offer includes unlimited data, download speeds in the 3-6 Mbps range and uploads at around 2.5 Mbps. For all the most common office tasks (transferring files via e-mail, accessing the internet and interacting with corporate servers), WiMAX speed should be enough.
In terms of entry on the Business 4G market, WiMAX has a definite advantage on its main 4G competitor, the LTE Technology. WiMAX has been implemented for 10 years already and has a much more mature infrastructure and deployment status. While the LTE industry is still struggling to get enough coverage and data transfer abilities for its smartphone services, WiMAX is taking a leap forward and positioning itself as the best 4G wireless solution for businesses.