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WiMAX has had its share of difficulties throughout its development, including years of standardization and fundamental shifts from 802.16d (802.16-2004) to 802.16e (802.16e-2005). The new 802.16m version to be certified soon marks its next milestone. The recent past has shown the resilience of WiMAX and its advantages. This study presents an overall view of the WiMAX market, examining its progress since the beginning of 2009, the challenges it has had to overcome, and likely future developments. The data include information on infrastructures, base station vendors and CPE shipments, segmented population coverage and revenue.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  • Executive Brief: Top-Line Forecast
  • 1. Executive Summary
    • 1.1. State of WiMAX
    • 1.2. Market Drivers for WiMAX
      • 1.2.1. WiMAX Maturity State
      • 1.2.2. Spectrum Availability
      • 1.2.3. Second Round of the US Stimulus Package
      • 1.2.4. CDG Backs WiMAX
      • 1.2.5. Intel's Initiatives
      • 1.2.6. Netbooks, Tablets, and MIDs
      • 1.2.7. 3G Service Pricing in the United States
      • 1.2.8. Clearwire Announced Targets and Rollouts
      • 1.2.9. Japan, Korea, and Buildouts in other Markets
      • 1.2.10. 3G Network Saturation, aka "the 3G iPhone Problem"
      • 1.2.11. Markets with Low Broadband Penetration
      • 1.2.12. Global Roaming Proposed by the WiMAX Forum
      • 1.2.13. WiMAX Forum's Open Retail Certification Program
    • 1.3. Market Barriers
      • 1.3.1. Effects of the Recession
      • 1.3.2. First Round of the US Broadband Stimulus Program
      • 1.3.3. Almost All Mobile Operators Will Deploy LTE
      • 1.3.4. Negative Portrayal of WiMAX in the Media
      • 1.3.5. Spectrum Regulatory Issues in Developing Countries
  • 2. Strategic Recommendations
    • 2.1. Recommendations for Device Vendors
      • 2.1.1. Laptop and Netbook Vendors
      • 2.1.2. CE Vendors
      • 2.1.3. Handset Vendors
    • 2.2. Recommendations for Infrastructure Vendors
    • 2.3. Recommendations for Service Providers
      • 2.3.1. Fixed Wireless ISPs
      • 2.3.2. Mobile Operators
  • 3. Market Issues
    • 3.1. What is 4G?
      • 3.1.1. WiMAX Roadmap
      • 3.1.2. Misleading LTE Claims
        • 3.1.2.1. Claim 1: LTE Will Be a Software Upgrade from HSPA+
        • 3.1.2.2. Claim 2: LTE Is Backwards-Compatible with GSM and WCDMA
    • 3.2. WiMAX's Niche within Other Standards and Services
      • 3.2.1. WiMAX and Home Broadband Access Technologies
      • 3.2.2. WiMAX and Enterprise Solutions
      • 3.2.3. WiMAX as a Backhaul Solution
      • 3.2.4. WiMAX and Other Mobile Broadband Technologies
    • 3.3. Service Provider Activity
      • 3.3.1. Asia-Pacific
      • 3.3.2. United States
      • 3.3.3. Latin America and the Caribbean
      • 3.3.4. Africa
    • 3.4. Clearwire
      • 3.4.1. In Retrospect
      • 3.4.2. Coverage
    • 3.5. Yota
      • 3.5.1. Nicaragua
      • 3.5.2. Peru
  • 4. Technology Issues
    • 4.1. IEEE 802.16 Specifications
      • 4.1.1. IEEE 802.16d: "Fixed" WiMAX
      • 4.1.2. IEEE 802.16e: "Mobile" WiMAX Release 1
      • 4.1.3. IEEE 802.16e: "Mobile" WiMAX Release 1.5
      • 4.1.4. IEEE 802.16m: WiMAX Release 2
    • 4.2. IEEE 802.16 Enhancements
      • 4.2.1. IEEE 802.16f: Management Information Base
      • 4.2.2. IEEE 802.16g: Network Management
      • 4.2.3. IEEE 802.16h: License Exempt Networks
      • 4.2.4. IEEE 802.16i: Mobile Management Information Base
      • 4.2.5. IEEE 802.16j: Multi-Hop Relay
      • 4.2.6. IEEE 802.16k: Bridging
    • 4.3. WiMAX Forums
      • 4.3.1. Fixed WiMAX Certifications
      • 4.3.2. Mobile WiMAX Wave 1 Certifications
      • 4.3.3. Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 Certifications
    • 4.4. Benefits and Drawbacks of Smart Antenna Technologies
      • 4.4.1. Multiple Input Multiple Output
      • 4.4.2. MIMO A
      • 4.4.3. MIMO B
      • 4.4.4. Uplink Collaborative MIMO
      • 4.4.5. Beamforming
    • 4.5. WiMAX Performance
    • 4.6. WiMAX In-Building Coverage
      • 4.6.1. Macro Base Stations
      • 4.6.2. Pico Base Stations
      • 4.6.3. Femtocells
    • 4.7. Other Technology Issues
      • 4.7.1. Spectral Mask/Guard Band and Device Implications
      • 4.7.2. Frequency Re-Use
      • 4.7.3. Interoperability
  • 5. Key Industry Players
    • 5.1. Equipment Vendors
      • 5.1.1. Airspan
      • 5.1.2. Alcatel-Lucent
      • 5.1.3. Alvarion
      • 5.1.4. Aviat Networks
      • 5.1.5. Azure Communications
      • 5.1.6. Cisco
      • 5.1.7. Fujitsu Network Communications
      • 5.1.8. Huawei Technologies
      • 5.1.9. Kyocera Wireless
      • 5.1.10. Nokia-Siemens Networks
      • 5.1.11. NEC
      • 5.1.12. Runcom
      • 5.1.13. Samsung
      • 5.1.14. SOMA Networks
      • 5.1.15. Tranzeo Wireless/Aperto Networks
      • 5.1.16. Tellabs
  • 6. Market Forecasts
    • 6.1. Fixed WiMAX (802.16d) Forecasts
    • 6.2. Mobile WiMAX (802.16e and 802.16m) Forecasts
    • 6.3. The Total WiMAX Market
    • 6.4. Mobile WiMAX Base Station Market Share
    • 6.5. WiMAX Deployments
    • 6.6. WiMAX Population Coverage
  • 7. Company Directory
  • 8. Acronyms

Charts

  1. Mobile WiMAX Device Shipments by Device Type World Market, Forecast: 2006 to 2015
  2. Mobile WiMAX Base Station Shipment Market Share World Market: 2009
  3. Fixed WiMAX Subscribers by Region
  4. Fixed WiMAX CPE Shipments by Region
  5. Fixed WiMAX CPE ASPs by Type (Outdoor, Indoor)
  6. Fixed WiMAX BTS Installed Base by Region
  7. Total Fixed WiMAX Equipment Revenue by Region
  8. Mobile WiMAX CPE Shipments by Region
  9. Mobile WiMAX CPE ASPs by CPE Type (Value, Premium)
  10. Mobile WiMAX Device Shipments by Region
  11. Mobile WiMAX Device Shipments by Device Type
  12. Mobile WiMAX CPE and Device Revenue by Region
  13. Mobile WiMAX BTS Shipments by BTS Type (Macro, Micro, Pico, Femto)
  14. Total Mobile WiMAX Equipment and Device Revenue by Region
  15. Fixed and Mobile WiMAX Equipment and Device Revenue by Region
  16. Mobile WiMAX Base Station Shipment Market Share
  17. Mobile WiMAX POPs Coverage by Spectrum Band
  18. Mobile WiMAX POPs Coverage by Technology