WiMAX: Ready for Deployment?

By 2010, the worldwide WiMAX market is forecasted to reach $3.5 billion and account for 4% of all broadband usage. This growth will be driven by new equipment from a growing list of hardware suppliers and an increasing number of WiMAX trails and deployments. These are some of the key findings from a new research report: “WiMAX: Ready for Deployment?

This new report provides a comprehensive analysis of the current state and future prospects of the market built around WiMAX technology. Other key findings include:

  • WiMAX has attracted many leading equipment manufacturers and component suppliers. Many are also forming strategic partnerships. Alcatel and Intel have implemented a dedicated WiMAX program. Nokia, which views WiMAX as a complement to 3G, partnered with Intel to incorporate WiMAX into future handsets. Other key suppliers include Airspan Networks, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Fujitsu, Motorola, Navini, Nortel, Proxim, Redline Communications, Sequans, SR Telecom, Wavesat Wireless, and Wi-LAN.
  • WiMAX systems and services are being evaluated/deployed in suburban business districts that lack high quality DSL access; in urban markets to compete against DSL and broadband cable; by wireline carriers and ISPs to compete with integrated operators’ convergent fixed-mobile offers; and by mobile carriers to overcome 3G network saturation and transition to 4G. These service providers include: Altitude Telecom, AT&T, BT, Clearwire, France Telecom, Iberbanda, Korea Telecom, Monaco Telecom, Telekom Austria, TelstraClear, Towerstream, Verizon and Yozan.
  • On a worldwide basis, WiMAX systems can be deployed in a large number of licensed and unlicensed frequency bands. However, delays in allocations and licensing by regulatory agencies coupled with the lack of a common worldwide frequency band for WiMAX use, may slow market development.

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