WiMAX battle lines being drawn - Embedded.com

WiMAX battle lines being drawn

LONDON — Mobile WiMAX is set to overtake fixed WiMAX reaching 21.3million subscribers by 2012 according to research from Juniper Research.

Mobile WiMAX will grow from 1.7million subscribers in 2007 says Juniper with the development of two seemingly complimentary services invariably raising the spectre of competitive exclusion and erosion in popularity of fixed WiMAX in favor of mobile WiMAX.

“And with leading 3G equipment vendors like Nokia, Ericsson, Nortel and Siemens treating mobile WiMAX as complimentary to 3G, this will prove to be a significant driver for the market”, said Aditya Kaul, a senior analyst at Juniper.

“We should also keep in mind that WiMAX has been designed as a cheaper alternative to 3G. Therefore it is unsurprising that the global market for Mobile WiMAX equipment including base stations and CPE equipment is set to reach $2.53billion by 2012.”

“Mobile WiMAX has transitioned from being a hyped technology to a ratified standard with a realistic certification timeline [due to begin in Q4 2006]. The litmus test however will lie in the upcoming operator trials to establish its performance in the real world.”

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