SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

March 01, 2010 13:19 ET

Infonetics Research: WiMAX equipment/device market up for third consecutive quarter, subscribers up 75% in '09

LONDON--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - Infonetics Research ( released its fourth quarter (4Q09) WiMAX Equipment, Devices, and Subscribers market share and forecast report.


"The WiMAX market is coming out of the recession period strongly, posting three consecutive quarters of revenue growth for 802.16e equipment and devices. With Clearwire in the U.S. announcing strong quarterly results, Yota in Russia expanding rapidly, and others such as UQ in Japan being aggressive, the WiMAX business model seems to be working. Though we are still in the early days, WiMAX is proving to be a good fit in a range of broadband segments in developed as well as developing markets," notes Richard Webb, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for WiMAX.


--  Worldwide vendor revenue from 802.16d and 802.16e WiMAX network
    equipment and devices hit $1.08 billion in 2009, down 19% from 2008, as
    the market suffered the effects of the recession
--  However, 4Q09 was the third consecutive quarter of WiMAX equipment and
    device revenue growth, up 3% from 3Q09
    --  Quarterly revenue levels remain short of the pre-recession market
        highs of over $300 million seen in early 2008
--  The WiMAX market is showing positive signs of steady growth from this
    year onward, with major rollouts underway in USA, Japan, Russia, and
--  Starting in 2011-2012, 802.16m WiMAX products are expected to be
    tested, certified, and commercially available, offering speeds
    comparable to LTE
--  For the combined WiMAX equipment and device market, Motorola took the
    #1 spot in 2009, with 17% of worldwide revenue, just ahead of Alvarion
--  Huawei showed the biggest growth in WiMAX equipment and device market
    share in 2009
--  The number of WiMAX subscribers jumped 75% in 2009 to 6.8 million


Infonetics' quarterly WiMAX report provides market size, market share, forecasts, and analysis for 802.16d, 802.16e, and 802.16m network equipment, devices, and subscribers, including macro, micro, and pico base stations; CPE; ASN gateways; home agents; phones; netbooks; external broadband cards; and WiMAX and WiMAX VoIP subscribers.

Companies tracked: Airspan, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Aperto, Aviat, Cisco, GreenPacket, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, NEC, Nokia Siemens, POSDATA, Proxim, Redline, RuggedCom, Samsung, Tellabs, Vecima, ZTE, ZyXEL, and others.

The report features a Service Provider WiMAX Deployment tracker following more than 300 service providers with live WiMAX services, network rollouts in progress, and trials underway, tracked by region, country, network, subscribers, and announced vendors.


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Clients are encouraged to participate in an interactive conference call with WiMAX market report highlights led by analyst Richard Webb on March 3, 8:00 a.m. Pacific. Log on to the portal for access information.


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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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