WiMAX Growth Up Again
July 14, 2010 5 Comments
Frankly, I am getting bored with all the mixed reports coming out about WiMAX by various analysts; we read one report saying WiMAX going down… the next day, we read another report saying WiMAX growth on the rise. I am just going to blog about it as each report released and leave it up to you guys to make your own conclusion. Your input is of course greatly appreciated in the comment section below.
It was just last month, In-Stat reported WiMAX could be in for some challenges as competing technologies like LTE begin coming to market. Maravedis also expressed similar concerns, noted that its research has shown carriers are concerned about the lack of support for the 802.16m standard, which could dampen enthusiasm for greater WiMAX deployments.
This month, it is Visant Strategies who is up on WiMAX. They have been covering the wireless industry since the mid 80’s. The firm noted in their recent report that new specifications for the technology and overall growth in fixed/portable WiMAX deployments around the world are creating a “sizable” market for WiMAX equipment for the next 10 years. This is pretty good News for Clearwire and Sprint who has been pouring boat load of $$$ into the technology during the past couple of years.
Visant Strategies noted in its report, “Fixed, portable and mobile WiMAX: Building a market today and influencing choices tomorrow,” that new specification for 802.16m, also known as mobile WiMAX, will address a number of shortcomings with the 802.16e WiMAX standard, including improving costs and providing a more appealing business model.
“Most mobile carriers have committed to LTE for 4G, sometimes after HSPA+, 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.”
Visant forecasts that WiMAX equipment revenues will surge to more than $35 billion by 2016 fueled by mobile WiMAX subscriber growth increase more than eight times current levels to more than 1 billion customers worldwide.
“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 mobile WiMAX use 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.”