WiMAX: Ready for Deployment?



Table of Contents

Published September 2005. 75 Pages, 17 Tables and 18 Figures
1. Attributes of WiMAX technology 9
1.1. Standardization history 9
1.2. WiMAX Performances 10
1.3. Interoperability: a basic requirement 12
1.4. WiMAX's positioning compared to other technologies 13
1.4.1. WiMAX's theoretical positioning amongst wireless technologies 14
1.4.2. WiMAX versus Wi-Fi 14
1.4.3. Mobile telephony technologies 15
1.4.4. WiBro 16
1.5. Equipment and cost elements 17
2. Current regulation 18
2.1. General framework 18
2.2. The licensing situation in a selection of countries 19
2.2.1. Austria 19
2.2.2. Belgium 19
2.2.3. France 19
2.2.4. Germany 20
2.2.5. Ireland 20
2.2.6. Italy 20
2.2.7. Japan 21
2.2.8. Norway 21
2.2.9. South Korea 22
2.2.10. Spain 22
2.2.11. Switzerland 22
2.2.12. The United States 22
2.2.13. The United Kingdom 22
2.2.14. Overview of WiMAX's regulatory status & licence awards 23
3. WiMAX players 24
3.1. Manufacturers and founders 26
Airspan Networks 26
Alvarion 29
Aperto Networks 32
Fujitsu Microelectronics 35
Intel 36
Motorola 38
Navini Networks 40
Proxim Communications 42
Redline Communications 43
Sequans 45
SR Telecom 46
Wavesat Wireless Inc 48
Wi-LAN 49
Other players 51
3.2. A selection of telecom operators' WiMAX initiatives 51
4. Business models and the challenges of WiMAX 57
4.1. WiMAX's chief usage configurations 57
4.1.1. Covering rural zones 57
4.1.2. WiMAX as a Wi-Fi backhaul solution 58
4.1.3. WiMAX and 3G cellular technologies 58
4.1.4. The different deployment scenarios 59
4.2. WiMAX: towards new applications? 61
4.3. Business models 63
4.3.1. General overview 63
4.3.2. Case study 64
4.4. Challenges of WiMAX 67
5. Glossary 71
About IDATE 73
Digiworld 2005 Catalogue 75
   
Tables  
Table 1 : The different 802.16 standards: standardization status 10
Table 2 : WiMAX range, depending on type of use (at 3.5 GHz) 11
Table 3 : 802.16 standard performances 11
Table 4 : WiMAX's positioning depending on clientele and usage situation 14
Table 5 : Technical attributes of the 802.11 and 802.16 standards 15
Table 6 : Features of the leading 3G cellular standards 16
Table 7 : Advantages and drawbacks of WiMAX and 3G 16
Table 8 : Comparison of 802.16e and WiBro's properties 17
Table 9 : Regulatory status of WiMAX in a selection of countries 23
Table 10 : The WiMAX Forum's working groups 24
Table 11 : Telecom operators' WiMAX trials and deployments 52
Table 12 : Breakdown by size of subscriber access point (SAP) in France 63
Table 13 : WiMAX access network investment costs 65
Table 14 : WiMAX access network operating costs 65
Table 15 : Services planned by target clientele 65
Table 16 : Estimated cost of WiMAX access production for service in a rural zone 66
Table 17 : Estimated drop in the cost of CPE 2005-2010 68
Figures  
Figure 1 : The different technologies' positioning in terms of bitrate and range 13
Figure 2 : Geographical context of the different wireless network standards 14
Figure 3 : Forecast changes in the price of WiMAX equipment 17
Figure 4 : Forecast frequency band use, by geographic zone 18
Figure 5 : Breakdown of frequency lots awarded, by region and by operator 21
Figure 6 : Breakdown the WiMAX Forum's membership 24
Figure 7 : Selected players' positioning in the WiMAX value chain 25
Figure 8 : WiMAX as a solution for covering rural zones 57
Figure 9 : WiMAX for Wi-Fi hotspot and/or network backhauling 58
Figure 10 : Complementary use of WiMAX and cellular technologies for data exchange 59
Figure 11 : Deployment scenario for mature markets 60
Figure 12 : Deployment scenario for emerging markets 60
Figure 13 : Principle WiMAX usage modes 61
Figure 14 : Examples of vertical applications using WiMAX 62
Figure 15 : Player positioning on the WiMAX service market 64
Figure 16 : WiMAX product availability timeline 67
Figure 17 : Forecast growth of the number of WiMAX 802.16-2004 service users 70
Figure 18 : WiMAX market growth forecasts up to 2010 70



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