WiMAX Waves

Lately, I’ve stumbled over statements like "Our WiMAX product supports 802.16e Wave 1 and 2 feature sets". It’s mentioned a lot but nobody goes into the details of what kind of features the different "waves", or versions, actually contain. So I’ve done some research on my own. I still don’t have all the details, but at least some clues.

From an article on "Mobilehandsetsdesignline":

"…The Wave 1 feature set focuses on single-input, single-output antenna systems and basic mobility.

On the heels of
Wave 1 will be Wave 2 certification testing. In addition to Wave 1
backward compatibility, Wave 2 focuses on advanced antenna array
features such as multiple-input, multiple output (MIMO) arrays and
using space-division multiple access (SDMA)-based beam forming. Wave 2
will most likely begin testing in late 2007 or early 2008. …"

And from "Informatm":

Wave 1 mobile WiMAX certification will embrace products in the 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz profiles. Wave 2 certification will then feature 2.5GHz products, and products with smart antenna capabilities like MIMO and beamforming.

In 2.3GHz the Plugfest tested channelization in the 8.75MHz range
for the Korean WiBro profile and 5MHz and 10MHz for the rest of the

In 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz frequencies the channelization was 5MHz and 10MHz and in 3.5GHz the 7MHz profile was also utilised.

And finally, here’s a link to an Intel presentation where physical layer (only) functionality of wave 1 and wave 2 devices are described on the final two pages.

Is anyone aware of an official and published full list of wave 1 and wave 2 functionalities on all layers? If so, please let me know.

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