WiMAX Signals Threat to Satellite Communications at Remote Areas

WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a telecommunications technology providing wireless data over long distances. WiMAX uses a static base-station antenna to distribute digital data at speeds of up to 40 megabits per second. This is especially useful in areas where cable, DSL broadband and even dial-up might not exist, like parts of the developing world.

New Scientist reports that, a study by the Florida based Satellite Users Interference Reduction Group (SUIRG) revealed that WiMAX antennas can disrupt satellite reception up to 20 kilometres away from a base station. This means that, WiMAX signals could interfere with the satellite signals in those remote areas where it could bring the most benefit.

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