SOURCE: Infonetics Research

June 24, 2008 13:17 ET

Infonetics Research: WiMAX equipment sales jump 59%, Motorola takes the lead in worldwide market share in 1Q

LONDON--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research reported recently that the worldwide WiMAX equipment market, including fixed and mobile WiMAX equipment, increased 59% sequentially to $363 million in 1Q08.

Infonetics' report, WiMAX and WiFi Mesh Network Equipment and Devices, indicates the surge in the market was led by especially strong mobile WiMAX (802.16e) equipment sales, which jumped 141% this quarter to overtake revenue from fixed WiMAX (802.16d) equipment for the first time.

"A significant number of new mobile WiMAX networks began rollout in the first quarter, and existing networks continued to scale up, driving sales in 1Q08. We expect healthy growth for the evolving mobile WiMAX market, which is seeing strong adoption not only from Tier 2 and 3 carriers, but from Tier 1 nationwide operators as well, like Sprint-Clearwire in the US, SK Telecom and KT in South Korea, Wateen in Pakistan, BSNL in India, and Vodafone and Orange in new territories," said Richard Webb, wireless analyst for Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

--  Motorola takes the lead in overall WiMAX revenue in 1Q08 after
    increasing its worldwide mobile revenue share by 10 points, and is the
    first vendor to exceed $50 million in mobile WiMAX revenue in a single
    quarter, according to Infonetics' estimates
--  Alvarion continues to lead in worldwide fixed WiMAX equipment revenue
    share, but is getting a run for its money by Telsima, which increased its
    revenue in 1Q08
--  The nascent mobile WiMAX phone and Ultra Mobile PC segments showed
    early traction, together increasing 171% sequentially in 1Q08; these
    devices have appealing, non-traditional form factors and capabilities and
    will play a major role in attracting new subscribers to mobile WiMAX
--  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.

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

Infonetics Research ( is an international communications market research firm. Tracking emerging markets since 1990, Infonetics covers a broad range of service provider, product manufacturer, and enterprise and SMB markets, including network security, enterprise voice, unified communications, broadband networks, IPTV, IP video, mobile TV, optical networks, metro Ethernet, carrier routing and switching, wireless, WiMAX, FMC, VoIP, IMS, policy management, subscriber management, service management, carrier capex and opex, and more. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, service provider capex analysis, and custom research and consulting.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Richard Webb
    Directing Analyst, WiMAX, WiFi & Mobile Devices
    Infonetics Research
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