SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

February 26, 2009 16:11 ET

Infonetics Research: Mobile WiMAX market up 5% in 4Q08; Cisco, Huawei begin challenging market leaders

LONDON--(Marketwire - February 26, 2009) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research released the fourth quarter (4Q08) edition of its WiMAX Equipment, Devices, and Subscribers report this week. Highlights from the market research report follow.


"The WiMAX market will be leaner in 2009, leading vendors to rationalize their strategies: Nortel has exited, Alcatel-Lucent has transitioned its mobility R&D to its LTE program, and others will have their commitment to WiMAX tested. As the year progresses, we will see more intense competition for the fewer new contracts, and a tight race for market leadership. Currently Alvarion, Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola lead the field, but there is evidence to suggest that both Huawei and Cisco are coming up on the outside lane."

Richard Webb, Directing Analyst - WiMAX, Microwave, and Mobile Devices - Infonetics Research


--  The overall WiMAX equipment and device market held steady in 4Q08 over
    3Q08 at $275 million, as the 802.16e mobile WiMAX segment increased 5% to
    counter a slight dip in the 802.16d fixed WiMAX segment
--  Year-over-year, worldwide sales of 802.16e mobile WiMAX equipment (ASN
    gateways, BTS, CPE) grew 188% in 2008
--  Worldwide sales of 802.16e mobile WiMAX devices (Ultra Mobile PCs,
    phones, and external data cards) grew 121% in 2008, though the range of
    devices is still very limited
--  While WiMAX infrastructure revenue is subdued by the current global
    economic climate, strong CPE sales will drive overall mobile WiMAX market
    growth in 2009, as more services launch and new subscribers adopt WiMAX
    services for the first time
--  In 2008, the number of fixed and mobile WiMAX subscribers hit 3.9
    million, up 120% from CY07
--  Alcatel-Lucent took the lead in annual worldwide mobile WiMAX revenue
    share overall in 2008, pushing Motorola into 2nd place; Alvarion's strong
    second half of 2008 edged them past Samsung for 3rd position
--  A fierce vendor market share battle is playing out in the mobile WiMAX
    market, with Alvarion consolidating its top spot on the overall WiMAX
    equipment revenue market share leaderboard in 4Q08
--  Huawei and Cisco continue to gain ground on the market leaders with a
    steady succession of both publicly announced and undisclosed WiMAX customer


Infonetics' WiMAX report provides market size, market share, forecasts through 2013, and analysis for fixed WiMAX (802.16d) base stations and CPE; mobile WiMAX (802.16e) equipment and devices, including macro, micro, and pico BTS (base transceiver stations), CPE, ASN gateways; mobile WiMAX phones, Ultra Mobile PCs; and external WiMAX data cards. The report also tracks fixed and mobile WiMAX and WiMAX VoIP subscribers.

Companies tracked include Airspan, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Cisco, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Nortel, POSDATA Flyvo, Proxim, Redline Communications, Samsung, Telsima, Vecima, ZTE and others.


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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

  • Lead Analyst:
    Richard Webb
    Directing Analyst - WiMAX, Microwave, and Mobile Devices
    Infonetics Research
    Email Contact
    +1 408.583.3369
    +44 (0) 1689.851.618