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At the heart of AS.MAX is the MacroMax base station. This one is using DSL supplied by Pipex.
It contains a Forum-certified 802.16-2004 fixed WiMax chip, although it is soft-upgradeable to the 802.16e mobile WiMax standard.
Lightley highlighted this upgradeability as a key strength for WiMax in its fight against the rise of HSDPA (or next-generation 3G), especially as HSDPA will beat mobile WiMax to the marketplace.
The large size of the base station is due to its built-in power amplifiers.