Technology is continuously evolving and it is time things move up a little in the communication systems. The last major improvement in communication and data transfer was the launch of the wireless protocol, but not much has changed since then. Now, the world is ready for a revolution in this domain, the new WiMax technology that is capable of replacing all the existing communication infrastructures, including cable telephony, television, data transfer and even mobile phone networks.
First of all, WiMax shouldn't be taken by mistake as a Wi-Fi protocol, since it offers a far better coverage, transfer speed, protection and quality of service. But what can this new technology do for mobile television users? The most important thing is that it can make television content available for every person that has a phone that supports this. Also, it can do this without involving the network operators and their 3G services that are quite expensive and not always qualitative. Live streaming at a high bit and frame rates becomes accessible to a lot more users because of the huge bandwidth WiMax has to offer compared to 3G protocols. Consumers will still be able to download VOD (video on demand) content on their mobile devices, but this will be a lot faster because of the high speed data transfer that will be made available. Customers will be more and more interested in mobile television because of WiMax and probably their demand will force phone producers to create new devices with innovative ways of benefiting from the advantages brought by this technology.
WiMax has the opportunity to make mobile television more accessible, transforming it in to a facility that more and more people can take advantage of. In the near future, we hope to have a look at our mobile devices and perceive them more as a mobile mini-TV rather than only a phone.