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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

VoIP & IPTV Applications in WiMAX..

A fixed wireless solution not only offers competitive internet access, it can do the same for telephone service thus further bypassing the telephone company's copper wire network. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) offers a wider range of voice services at reduced cost to subscribers and service providers alike. The diagram below illustrates a typical solution where a WiMAX service provider can obtain wholesale VoIP services (no need for the WiMAX service provider to install and operate a VoIP softswitch).

In residential markets, VoIP is a "must offer" service. Without the additional revenue per user , WiMAX does not offer a compelling reason to switch from other forms of residential broadband. When bundled with broadband internet access and IPTV, a WiMAX triple play becomes very attractive to residential subscribers. Given the QoS, security and reliability mechanisms built into WiMAX, sub-scribers will find WiMAX VoIP as good or better than voice services from the telephone company.

Another powerful application in WiMAX, is Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). IPTV enables a WiMAX service provider to offer the same programming as cable or satellite TV service providers. IPTV, depending on compression algorithms, requires at least 1 Mbps of bandwidth between the WMAX base station and the subscriber.

In addition to IPTV programming, the service provider can also offer a variety of video on demand (VoD) services. The subscriber can select programming a la carte for their television, both home and mobile, viewing needs. This may be more desirable to the sub-scriber as they pay only for what they want to watch as opposed to having to pay for doz-ens of channels they don't want to watch. IPTV over WiMAX also enables the service provider to offer local programming as well as revenue generating local advertising.

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