SOURCE: Infonetics Research

September 08, 2008 14:18 ET

Infonetics Research: Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola runaway leaders in mobile WiMAX market

LONDON--(Marketwire - September 8, 2008) - As of the second quarter of 2008, Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola together account for over two-thirds of worldwide mobile WiMAX equipment revenue, reports communications market research firm Infonetics Research in a new report. Just one quarter ago, the two market leaders captured roughly half the worldwide market.

According Infonetics' report, WiMAX and WiFi Mesh Network Equipment and Devices, Alvarion continues as the clear leader in fixed WiMAX, garnering roughly a quarter of the worldwide market in 2Q08.

"The big WiMAX story of the quarter is the huge ramp-up in mobile WiMAX equipment revenues by Alcatel-Lucent, which more than doubled its revenue in 2Q08; Motorola posted a hefty increase as well. ALU's gain was due mainly to a dramatic increase in access service network (ASN) gateway shipments, having shipped more than six times its nearest rival, Motorola. These shipments make ALU the first major integrated vendor to reap the rewards of an 'open WiMAX' policy, a policy that enables vendors to sell ASN gateways into networks where they are not necessarily the base station vendor," said Richard Webb, wireless analyst for Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

--  Worldwide fixed and mobile WiMAX equipment revenue topped $402 million
    in 2Q08, up 3% from 1Q08
--  As the overall WiMAX market continues to gain momentum, double-digit
    quarterly sequential revenue growth will continue through 2008 as more
    WiMAX networks are rolled out and scaled up
--  WiMAX is gaining traction, with more than 200 networks now being
    deployed and more than 100 other trials in progress; the market will
    be increasingly driven by more Tier 1 operators entering the market
--  Developing countries are the engine for WiMAX market growth, with
    Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Central and
    Latin America, and parts of the Asia Pacific being hot-beds of activity
    --  In particular, India, Russia and Brazil are fast-moving markets
        with numerous active WiMAX operators and large populations and
        market conditions to give potential for strong growth
--  The number of fixed and mobile WiMAX subscribers topped 2 million
    worldwide in 2007 and is expected to triple by the end of 2008

Infonetics' report provides market size, market share, and forecasts for fixed WiMAX base stations and CPE; mobile WiMAX base stations, CPE, NICs, and ASN-gateways; mobile WiMAX phones and Ultra Mobile PCs; indoor and outdoor mesh network nodes; and fixed and mobile WiMAX subscribers.

Companies tracked include Airspan, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, BelAir Networks, Cisco, Firetide, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Nortel, Proxim, Redline Communications, Samsung, SkyPilot, Strix Systems, Telsima, Tropos Networks, and others.

For report highlights, log in to Infonetics' online portal from (see Wireless and FMC). For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Richard Webb
    Directing Analyst, WiMAX, WiFi & Mobile Devices
    Infonetics Research
    +1 408-583-3369
    +44 (0) 1689-851-618
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