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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "WiMAX"?

WiMAX is a wireless technology put forth by the WiMAX Forum that is one of the technologies that is being used for 4G networks. It can be used in both point to point and the typical WAN type configurations that are also used by 2G and 3G mobile network carriers. Its formal name is IEEE standard 802.16. Sprint owns a WiMAX based network that is marketed under the name XOHM, though that will eventually be merged with Clearwire's network and sold under the Clearwire name. LTE is a competing technology that has the support of far more carriers worldwide.

Also known as: "802.16"

See Also: WAN, 2G, 3G, IEEE, LTE

Referred to by: 4G, LTE

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