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June 25, 2010

7.2 Million BWA/WiMAX Subscribers Reached

By Hans Lewis
TMCnet Contributor

According to Maravedis’ (News - Alert)11th issue of the 4GCounts Quarterly Report, “2.3 million BWA/WiMAX subscribers were added in 2009.” Yota’s decision to migrate its network to LTE (News - Alert) appears quite political, and is negatively impacting the WiMAX ecosystem and deployment plans of other WiMAX players.
Adlane Fellah (News - Alert), Maravedis Research Director said, “Carriers are worried about the perceived lack of commitment towards 802.16m. However despite the hype surrounding TD-LTE, we do not see much of an ecosystem in the near term.”
Cintia Garza, 4GCounts Team Leader said, “Spectrum winners, especially those in India, cannot afford to wait 2-3 years before deploying TD-LTE while WIMAX deployments move forward. If a carrier deploys WiMAX now with the intention of migrating to TD-LTE in the future, a significant challenge emerges regarding how to manage the millions of WiMAX device users.”
Maravedis anticipates that 18 LTE networks will be operational worldwide by the end of this year. “However, most of them will be covering reduced areas in their respective countries, so we expect multimode 3G-LTE USB dongles to be crucial for LTE services to attract customers,” noted report co-author Esteban Monturus. Mobile data usage continues to grow across technologies. “While large wireless carriers such as AT&T are moving away from unlimited data plans, Clearwire (News - Alert) continues to offer unlimited data plans,” said  Basharat Ashai, the report’s other co-author.
This quarter’s summary findings show that the residential and business WiMAX ARPU generated among operators during Q1 2010 across all regions was $42 and $121 respectively. Total BWA/WiMAX revenues for the full year 2009 totaled US$3.03 billion, compared to $1.69 billion at the end of 2008. Indoor modems have the largest market share accounting for over 3.6 million units or 62 percent, followed by 1.11 million USB dongles and 528,000 PCMCIA cards. The base station sectors installed base as of Q1 2010 totaled 308,006.
Read here about how Broadband Mobile WiMAX standard will never be the same again as the WiMAX Forum (News - Alert) announced that a group of leading 4G WiMAX equipment manufacturers, service providers and chip companies have reached a major milestone in advancing the speed of data and the efficiency of broadband wireless networks based on the 802.16e Mobile WiMAX standard at the WiMAX Forum Global Congress in Amsterdam this week.

Hans Lewis is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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