Ball State University studies WiMAX for rural areas

Ball State University's Office of Wireless Research and Mapping (OWRM) said it took advantage of a temporary six-month 3.5 GHz license it was granted by the FCC to study WiMAX and its potential use in rural and under served areas in the U.S. The university said it tested connectivity, throughput, capacity, signal strength and penetration from inside homes while accounting for factors such as weather, trees, elevation and distance. The bottom line: researchers found that WiMAX equipment was much better at obtaining a consistent and usable signal from obstructed and non-line-of-sight locations than more traditional point-to-multi-point technology.

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