ARIF HUSSAIN; MUHAMMAD-UMAIR ASLAM; SALA HUDDIN MEE09:57, pp. 126. ING/School of Engineering, 2009.
The field of mobile broadband in wireless communication systems is increasingly facing the challenges of the provision of high data rates, improved seamless connectivity and broadband internet services. UMTS/WCDMDA which is a third generation wireless mobile cellular technology has been adopted in most parts of the world and now undergoing a phase of evolution and will be emerged soon as LTE. On the other hand, WiMAX which is also some times called as fourth generation mobile broadband technology is likely to be accepted in many places. With higher data rates for transmission, adaptive modulation and coding, OFDMA based physical layer and a very flexible architecture, WiMAX appears to be suppressing UMTS soon. However, the Long Term Evolution (LTE) of 3G or UMTS is likely to compete the WiMAX both technically and economically. This research provides a comparative interpretation of architecture, salient features, robustness, physical layer, mobility, capacity and coverage aspects of the both UMTS/WCDMA and WiMAX broadband technologies. It also explains the error probabilities in transmission for modulation techniques employed in both technologies. MATLAB simulations are provided in the simulation part of this report to further elaborate the differences in the two technologies in some respects. Simulation results show that the more suitability and effectively of performance for WiMAX. This research helps developing a better understanding for operators and users to make a choice in preferring any of the technologies regarding different features. Based on the study and simulation results of the key features related to capacity and fading of both technologies, we investigate the more suitability of any of the two technologies in terms of better quality and lower error rate in all IP environments.