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Ball State University: WiMAX We'Ve Come a Long Way in Just Five Years

Ball State University: WiMAX We'Ve Come a Long Way in Just Five Years

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WiMAX! WiMAX! Read all about it! As we continue to evaluate and expand on our WiMAX
network here at Ball State,
WiMAX! WiMAX! Read all about it! As we continue to evaluate and expand on our WiMAX
network here at Ball State,

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Service Provider Mobility: We've come a longway in just five years!
Posted by Ryan Lasure Jan 24, 2010 
WiMAX! WiMAX! Read all about it! As we continue to evaluate and expand on our WiMAXnetwork here at Ball State,
we thought you might like to read more on where our WiMAX network started,and how far we have come! Just five years ago in 2005, Intel Corporationproclaimed Ball State University as the Nation’s Top Wireless Campus. Sincethen, Ball State has continually strived to test and utilize the newest wirelesstechnologies. In 2006 and 2007, Ball State took advantage of our position inthe world of wireless technology and aligned ourselves with key players in thebroadband wireless industry. Using
Alvarion
’s BreezeMAX 3500 wireless hardware(pictured on right), including indoor and outdoor customer premises equipment(CPE), we became the first university to test and deploy fixed WiMAX in theUnited States!
 Muncie, Indiana, provided the perfect environment for wireless testing. Our coverage areaincluded a single sector with a 120-degree path that offered a range of approximately 1mile for indoor CPE and 5 miles for outdoor CPE. Of course, the area of coverage varieddepending on RF obstructions like vegetation and buildings. During the testing, Ball Statelooked to identify upload and download speeds at various locations, using indoor andoutdoor CPE. Publishing our fixed WiMAX (802.16d) resultsin February 2007, we found thatwhen using BreezeMAX equipment on a 3.5 MHz channel, we could receive speeds around8Mbps using outdoor CPE, and 4Mbps using indoor CPE. In mid-2008, theCenter for Information and Communication Sciences(CICS) at Ball Statewas introduced to the Cisco Broadband Wireless Business Unit responsible for WiMAX.During that time, Ball State University was selected by Cisco to become the first domesticsite to deploy, test, and map Mobile WiMAX (802.16e) in the United States. We then beganto document the baseline performance of Smart Beamforming technology utilizing Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas. It was exciting for us to have an opportunity toutilize the EducationalBroadbandSystem (EBS) licensed frequency of 2.5 GHz and providea platform for continuous testing.
 
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Pre-test benchmarking for Mobile WiMAX later occurred in late 2008, early 2009with a single base station antenna on top of an on-campus Dormitory. During thisperiod, Cisco named Ball State the first domestic Early Field Trial (EFT) locationfor Mobile WiMAX! This has been an amazing opportunity for us; establishinga partnership that includes ancillary benefits on early equipment availability,testing and pricing. Subsequent testing expanded to include multiple P3 basestations and antennas (pictured on left), using Cisco’s AAA server and ASNgateways products.
 As recent as late Fall of 2009, Ball State introduced a student usability study, allowing us tofurther analyze several aspects of ourWiMAX network. Phase 1 includesstudents who live within a ½ mile radius of campus (click here to see our current coveragemap). We provided selected students with free WiMAX enabled USB dongles (pictured onright). In return, students are asked to participate in feedback surveys, providing information suchas data transmission rates, downtime issues, and distance of successful and unsuccessfulusage from campus. Later in the spring, we plan to move into Phase 2 where we will expandthe test radius to 2 miles from campus, add more student users to the WiMAX network,utilize new P4 base stations and antennas operating at a 10 MHz channel width, and begintesting of third-party devices with embedded WiMAX chipsets. Devices we plan to testinclude (but are not limited to) USB dongles, laptops, netbooks, VoIP telephony, and GPSembedded devices.
 
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Next week, we plan to give you insight as to how we find student testers! You wouldprobably assume that if you told a college student they could get FREE wireless broadbandInternet, they would jump right on the bandwagon right? Well, find out next week if it wasactually that easy, or if we ran into any pushback!
377 Views Tags: wimax, beamforming, mimo, bsu, ball_state_university, 802.16d, p4, p3, ebs, 802.16e, alvarion,educational_broadband_systemJan 28, 2010 7:25 AM Paul Sergeant
Ryan, thanks for the informative post. How many users do you have currently? Paul
Jan 28, 2010 9:14 AM Ryan Lasure
Paul: Today, we currently have about 75 student testers. In addition to that, we are currentlytesting other third-party devices on the network. We plan to add another 75 in the next two weeks, and are conducting surveys to get someuser feedback. We plan to blog on our findings in the near future!
Feb 3, 2010 1:09 PM Eric Harris
Ryan, 

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