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WiMAX: which usage cases will be most successful? Product Image

WiMAX: which usage cases will be most successful?

  • ID: 593659
  • February 2008
  • 32 pages
  • Ovum

The WiMAX industry continues to gather momentum in Asia-Pacific and, as a result, the region has attracted publicity as a focus for WiMAX opportunities and deployment. This is in spite of recent WiMAX setbacks; negative press; clouded investor confidence, especially in the US; and continued delays in certified mobile WiMAX equipment, which are frustrating operators. Across Asia-Pacific we are now seeing licensing activity and deployments commence. This report looks at potential usage cases for WiMAX and examines the technology’s potential to change the industry landscape.

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Table of contents

Executive summary

In a nutshell
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Key messages

WiMAX status in Asia-Pacific

WiMAX specifications, licensing and certification
WiMAX business case differs by market
Emerging markets: WiMAX to fulfil latent broadband demand
Developed markets: WiMAX for advanced applications
Governments promoting WiMAX
Few mobile operators embracing mobile WiMAX

WiMAX potential by application

Principle markets for WiMAX
Fixed/nomadic broadband access: clear opportunity, especially in niches
Mobile broadband: laptop market has potential
Consumer electronics: an evolving opportunity into the next decade
WiMAX hot zones for extra capacity and speed
Machine-to-machine

Table of figures

Table 1 Broad market characteristics of emerging and developed Asia-Pacific markets
Figure 1 Population penetration of mobile, fixed and broadband across Asia-Pacific
Figure 2 PC penetration in emerging Asia-Pacific markets, end 2006
Table 2 GDP at PPP per capita, 2006
Table 3 Potential WiMAX use cases in Asia-Pacific
Figure 3 Potential WiMAX business strategies
Figure 4 Simplified mobile broadband take-up timeline
Figure 5 HSDPA devices launched, October 2007
Table 4 Japanese domestic consumer electronics equipment sales, 2006
Table 5 Consumer electronics devices in use globally, 2006 and 2010 (forcast)
Figure 6 Swiss army knife or purpose-specific device
Figure 7 Normalised wireless traffic growth

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