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Monday, April 25, 2011

LTE vs WiMAX : 4G Comparison

  Both are 4G technologies designed to move data rather than voice. Both are IP networks based on OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) technology.

   WiMax is based on a IEEE standard (802.16),Depending on the spectrum alloted for WiMax deployments and how the network is configured, this can mean a WiMax network is cheaper to build.

     WiMAX offers peak wireless data speeds of up to 60 Mbps on the downstream and 25 Mbps for sending data upstream.

    Long Term Evolution (LTE), can ferry data to you at download speeds of 100 Mbps and support upload speeds of 50 Mbps.

    That means you can download about two 5-minute MP3 files every second. Think about that. Sure, it would only take WiMAX about seven minutes to download a single 5-minute MP3 file, which is still fast, but it’s nowhere near the theoretical scale of LTE.

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