Annual report on: Wireless broadband, WiFi, WiMAX, WLANs, WLL, Mobile Data, HSDPA & IMS, Mobile TV, 3G and 4G. Regional overviews on: North and South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
Report also contains:
Market and industry analyses, trends and developments
Statistics and Forecasts
Industry issues and regulatory
Critical analysis of strengths and weaknesses
Competition with other technologies
The initial potential of wireless broadband has been witnessed with WiFi spreading like wildfire throughout the world. It is predicted that there will be over 300,000 hotspots worldwide by the end of 2009. Its key feature is that it provides portable broadband access, and WiFi is now widely available in laptops and other hand-held devices.
With competition in the telecommunications market also opening up because of a regulatory emphasis on deregulation and competition - the difficulty and expense of deploying new fixed networks is being realised. It is therefore obvious that new telcos are looking for opportunities to enter the market through a wireless solution.
Following the proliferation of WiFi devices and the release of amended 802.16 standards (WiMAX); hope of using both licensed and unlicensed wireless technologies to deliver last-mile broadband access has been rekindled. Most proprietary wireless broadband systems now have the intention of migrating to WiMAX and in the end it will depend on whether or not WiMAX can stand up against alternate offerings from DSL and other providers.
Interest in fixed-wireless broadband has also been boosted in the last couple of years by customer demand for more bandwidth. In developed markets around the world, opportunities mainly reside in niche sectors such as regional and rural areas where the deployment of true broadband networks is slow. However, in emerging undeveloped markets, much larger deployments are expected because wireless broadband could well be the only option available.
In the more developed markets WiMAX might also challenge the mobile data industry towards the end of the decade, with the mobile industry trying to fight back with 3G and HSDPA. Sprint’s entry into this market, selecting WiMAX for its 4G service is most certainly going to boost these developments over the next few years.
This report provides information on the latest developments and trends for wireless broadband, including statistics and forecasts for WiFi and WiMAX. It includes an overview of WiMAX deployments worldwide and detailed regional information. The report also includes industry developments and statistics for other markets that may provide an opportunity for WiMAX, such as the mobile data and mobile TV sectors. Industry information on the competing technologies such as HSDPA is also included.