COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The International Telecommunications Union's Radiocommunication Sector stole a page from Sprint-Nextel's dictionary on Friday (Oct. 19) when it elected to include WiMax in the IMT-2000 suite of wireless standards.
Sprint identified WiMax last year as its "4G" stragegy, and ITU-R now says the wireless broadband access standard is as central to 3G as wideband CDMA.
WiMax Forum President Ron Resnick said the move was the first new technology to be added to the IMT-2000 suite in more than a decade. Resnick said the inclusion places WiMax "on equal footing with the legacy-based technologies ITU-R already endorses."
The application was first presented to the ITU in January, and the standards body approved its inclusion in its October meeting in Geneva.