Softbank Joins the WiMax Party

The Japanese institution's trial of the technology underscores the growing interest in wireless broadband in the Land of the Rising Sun

The trial will let Softbank assess the effectiveness of WiMax as a wireless broadband technology and its potential to be integrated with the company's portfolio of telecommunications services, according to a statement Tuesday.

To be conducted over five months, the trial will focus on the performance of WiMax in the 2.5GHz spectrum, particularly with regard to throughput and range, as well as the speed of network handovers between access points.

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