WiMax equipment manufacturers are preparing to bring their products to market.

Today, the WiMAX Forum is close to approving the final standard for shipping products, and manufacturers plan to launch within weeks.

The wireless technology is expected to help large companies and governments create broad private networks, while assisting operators in bringing broadband network access to more remote areas of the world.

It will have a range of up to 31 miles and moves aside the cost of investment in wired connections.

In August, Airspan Networks, Aperto Networks, Proxim, Sequans and Wavesat delivered their respective WiMAX solutions to Cetecom Labs, in Malaga, Spain, for conformance and interoperability testing. 

Testing ensures the stability of the test suite and readiness of the various solutions for formal conformance and radio testing. With this essential step completed, formal conformance and interoperability testing will begin later this month.
The products that pass both protocol and radio conformance, then interoperability testing, will be tagged "WiMAX Forum Certified". Translated, it means WiMax is ready for prime time.