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WiMAX equipment market to thrive through next decade

14 июля 2010

New specifications for mobile WiMAX and world growth of fixed/portable WiMAX are key factors pushing WiMAX penetration and creating a sizable WiMAX equipment market through the next decade, according to a new study from Visant Strategies.

The new specification for 802.16m addresses a number of system shortcomings within 802.16e while improving costs and increasing the appeal of WiMAX in emerging economies and helping blur the line between fixed and mobile services as handoff and uplink capabilities are improved.  

"Most mobile carriers have committed to LTE for 4G, sometimes after HSPA plus, but WiMAX equipment makers will still enjoy a vigorous market" said Andy Fuertes of Visant Strategies. "Low cost PC initiatives, falling WiMAX costs and the global availability of the 3.5 GHz band for basic fixed broadband services presents a very large opportunity for WiMAX equipment vendors."

According to the report, "Fixed, Portable and Mobile WiMAX: Building a Market Today and Influencing Choices Tomorrow," all WiMAX equipment revenues will reach $30 billion from 2011 to 2016 and mobile WiMAX subscribers will grow globally four-fold by that time.

"There will be a very large fixed broadband audience by 2016, over one billion according to the findings in the report, and fixed/portable WiMAX will account for a good share of this audience and help seed the mobile WiMAX applications as these same carriers expand their coverage area in many emerging regions," said Larry Swasey of Visant Strategies. "We are already seeing WiMAX deployments in emerging economies that allow intra- and inter-city portability, the beginning of the seeding."

Figures within the new report include mobile fixed/portable and mobile WiMAX subscribers by region and by version and subscriber revenues; shipments, deployments and revenues for fixed/portable and mobile WiMAX base stations and device shipments by version. Also given are fixed broadband subs by region and the share fixed/portable WiMAX will garner for this audience and well as fixed broadband penetration rates by region.

Источник: Fierce Telecom

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