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

WiMAX: which usage cases will be most successful?

  • Published: 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.

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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