802.16 IP Core

Put in place and developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, also abbreviated as the IEEE, the 802.16 protocol is a set of specifications that define the standards or protocols for wireless metropolitan area networks or MANs. It is officially termed as WirelessMAN or WiMAX as a commercial name, standing for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, deemed by the WiMAX Forum industry alliance which certifies compatibility and interoperability products that comply with and follow the 802.16 protocols. This also focuses on standardizing the media access control/MAC and physical layers/PHY of the air interface.


The original document was released in December 2001 and an amendment was made in January 2003. Companies can receive certification of WiMAX for their devices and equipment from the WiMAX Forum by paying for it. The purpose of this forum or organization is to develop and certify compatibility and interoperability devices for the marketplace.


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