WiMax, a technology that promises to deliver true broadband speeds to wireless devices, has been approved as a global third-generation communications standard, officials at the UN telecoms agency said.
The decision means that companies holding 3G licences for mobile telecommunications can choose to use their franchise to provide WiMax services to customers in place of slower technologies.
The agreement was reached in a meeting of the International Telecommunication Union after negotiators overcame objections to the inclusion of WiMax in the IMT-2000 standard for advanced mobile technologies.
WiMax or Worldwide Interoperability for Micro-wave Access an deliver wireless broadband connections at speeds of above 70 megabits per second across an area of up to 40 miles. Fixed-line broadband connections typically offer speeds of around two megabits per second.
Rural communities will benefit most from the high-speed internet access. ( AP )