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Infonetics Research

February 02, 2010 13:31 ET

Infonetics Research: WiMAX carriers rate Alvarion, Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola top, with Cisco and Huawei close behind

LONDON--(Marketwire - February 2, 2010) - As part of its Continuous Research Service (CRS) series of WiMAX-related analyst notes and surveys, Infonetics Research last week published Mobile WiMAX Infrastructure Vendor Ratings: Global Service Provider Survey.


"Mobile WiMAX service providers we surveyed recently gave highest ratings to Alvarion, Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola based on various criteria, such as WiMAX technology, pricing and service and support, although no one vendor was rated strong across the board. Cisco and Huawei also have good ratings, suggesting they are capable of closing ground on the top three. As the WiMAX market consolidates to a remaining handful of vendors and becomes more competitive, the perception of different aspects of the business will come under increasing scrutiny," notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, Microwave, and Mobile Devices at Infonetics Research.


--  Cost effectiveness out-rates pricing as a criterion for selecting a
    WiMAX vendor
--  On the survey vendor scorecard, for which service providers rated
    WiMAX equipment vendors:
    -- Cisco achieved the highest ratings for four of the eight criteria,
       including WiMAX technology
    -- Huawei achieved the best ratings for WiMAX equipment pricing


For this survey, conducted in December 2009 and January 2010, Infonetics asked mobile WiMAX network equipment purchase decision-makers at 21 service providers from around the world about their choices of equipment and decision criteria for choosing vendors.

Survey respondents represent current and near-future WiMAX equipment customers, with over half already operating a mobile WiMAX network, 19% in deployment and planning to launch WiMAX services this year, and the remaining 24% planning to do so by 2011.

Of the respondents, 24% are WiMAX-only operators, 19% are fixed-line incumbents, 29% competitive fixed-line providers, and 29% mobile operators. The large percentage that are WiMAX-only operators are a characteristic of the WiMAX market, which has numerous, often smaller greenfield ISPs being formed specifically to take advantage of the WiMAX opportunity. Participating carriers hail from Asia Pacific, Central and Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and North America.

The survey features service provider ratings of the most important features in a connectivity service network (CSN)/home agent, access service network (ASN) gateway, and WiMAX base transceiver station (BTS). Service providers also rated six mobile WiMAX vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Cisco, Huawei, Motorola, and Samsung) on eight criteria: technology, security, management, price-to-performance ratio, pricing, financial stability, service and support, and product roadmap.

Companies named by respondents in response to questions about vendor familiarity include Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Cisco, Fujitsu, GreenPacket, Harris-Stratex, Huawei, Motorola, Redline Communications and Samsung.


To view the table of contents and questionnaire used to interview service providers, log in or join: From the portal, go to RESEARCH, then MOBILE AND WIRELESS.


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    Middle East:, +1 408-583-3395


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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.

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