Army testing Mobile WiMax

The U.S. Army is evaluating Mobile WiMax for possible military use, according to ComputerWorld.

The U.S. Army is evaluating Mobile WiMax for possible military use, according to ComputerWorld. Samsung will supply the equipment to the Army.

The Army Communications Electronics Research & Development Engineering Center (CERDEC) will study whether the Army can use mobile WiMax equipment in a military environment and measure the performance of the system with both mobile users and mobile base stations, Samsung said.

Mobile WiMax is a version of WiMax designed to provide high-speed broadband connections for mobile users. The center will study whether the Army can use mobile WiMax equipment in a military environment and measure the performance of the system with both mobile users and mobile base stations, Samsung said.

At the 3GSM show in Barcelona this year Samsung demonstrated a version of WiMax that can transport data at double the speed of current systems. The "Mobile WiMax Wave 2" system uses MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technology and smart antennas to realize speeds of around 34M bps (bits per second) from the network to the user and about 8M bps in the opposite direction. MIMO involves sending data using multiple antennas to increase data throughput.