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In-Stat forecasts rapid growth for WiMAX

Posted: 20 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX? In-Stat? Alvarion? Intel? Sprint?

The availability of WiMAX Forum-certified equipment will spur the rapid growth of WiMAX technology, reports In-Stat. This year, worldwide WiMAX subscribers are expected to hit 222,000 and are projected to reach 19.7 million by the end of 2010.

According to In-Stat's research, WiMAX2006 State of the Market, most WiMAX subscribers are in the Asia-Pacific region, with almost all using fixed service, except those in South Korea.

"While WiMAX faces many challenges, the biggest challenge still comes from competing technologies and services," said Daryl Schoolar, In-Stat analyst. "WiMAX will have difficulty competing in areas that already have established broadband services. WiMAX will need to provide a demonstratively superior service to win customers from the incumbent provider. Much of WiMAX's early success will come from under-developed regions of the globe."

In-Stat forecasted that most 3G carriers will not deploy WiMAX in the near term, with Sprint being the exception. As of May last year, Sprint partnered with Intel Corp. to advance development efforts for IEEE 802.16e. Meanwhile, in terms of market dominance in the segment, Alvarion outperformed its competitors as it grabbed the largest share in terms of WiMAX equipment revenue during the first half of this year, the research firm said.

Furthermore, In-Stat predicted that sales in 802.16e equipment will quickly overtake those in the 802.16d sub-segment. However, existing regulatory uncertainty and spectrum availability may continue to hamper the growth of WiMAX, In-Stat noted.




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