The name "Wi MAX" was created by the Wi MAX Forum, which was formed in June 2001 to promote conformity and interoperability of the standard, including the definition of predefined system profiles for commercial vendors.
Wi MAX refers to interoperable implementations of the IEEE 802.16 family of wireless-networks standards ratified by the Wi MAX Forum.
Other analysts point out that as wireless progresses to higher bandwidth, it inevitably competes more directly with cable and DSL, inspiring competitors into collaboration.
Also, as wireless broadband networks grow denser and usage habits shift, the need for increased backhaul and media service will accelerate, therefore the opportunity to leverage cable assets is expected to increase.
In many cases, operators are aggregating sites using wireless technology and then presenting traffic on to fiber networks where convenient.
Wi MAX in this application competes with microwave radio, E-line and simple extension of the fiber network itself.
The numerical values of the class boundaries for the different rock mass qualities are subdivisions of the Q range on a logarithmic scale.
The Q-value determines the quality of the rock mass, but the support of an underground excavation is based not only on the Q-value but is also determined by the different terms in the above equation.
The list of deployed Wi MAX networks and Wi MAX Forum membership list provide more links to specific vendors, products and installations.(Similarly, Wi-Fi refers to interoperable implementations of the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN standards certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.) Wi MAX Forum certification allows vendors to sell fixed or mobile products as Wi MAX certified, thus ensuring a level of interoperability with other certified products, as long as they fit the same profile.The original IEEE 802.16 standard (now called "Fixed Wi MAX") was published in 2001.In other regions, urban and rural backhaul is usually provided by microwave links.(The exception to this is where the network is operated by an incumbent with ready access to the copper network.) Wi MAX has more substantial backhaul bandwidth requirements than legacy cellular applications.