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11/19/2010 Lost in Translation: A Few Basic Tech Terms that are Esoteric

News articles are supposed to be informative, not confusing. So, why is it then that when we read something in the news we end up more perplexed than when we were initially? One possible answer is that a lot of news articles, particularly technological ones, are made with the assumption that the reader is up to date with what’s going on. They aren’t explaining something new as much as they are adding information to something they think readers already know; but there are others who are just trying grasp basic concepts before developing a deeper understanding of a topic at hand. This particular post has those people in mind. We can't freely assume that everyone reading this site is up to date on all of the wireless industry jargon present in conversation of 4G WiMax. So we're taking this opportunity to present a primer on WiMax lingo. If you're already apprised of the ins-and-outs of the business and just need a refresher course, you might want to read through this brief guide:

refers to fourth generation wireless standards. For all intents and purposes, when it is mentioned it is typically regarding a standard of speed, which has a peak rate of 100 Mbps for mobile users and 1 Gbps for stationary users. That means for a company to have 4G speeds they need to have passed a test where their technology peaked at those speeds.

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