And they’re not dumb: they’re raising the speeds to 1 Gbps
mandating backwards compatibility with existing WiMax radios. In the time-honored tradition of the alphanumeric jumble, this flavor is being called 802.16m. That’s right: it’s delicious ‘M’ WiMax.
As if that wasn’t enough, IEEE says that ‘M’ will meet the International Telecommunication Union’s standards for the 4G wireless standards (that’s what we get once we pass 3G, natch). The date for ‘M’ is hovering in 2009, but with that whole 802.11n thing still on the plate, that could probably change. And given that the deployment of even non-M WiMax gear is still pretty sparse, I wouldn’t delay any purchases.