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Infonetics Research

December 01, 2010 12:46 ET

Infonetics Research: WiMAX market continues to defy TD-LTE doom-sayers: 3Q10 revenue up 8%

LONDON--(Marketwire - December 1, 2010) - Infonetics Research ( released its third quarter of 2010 (3Q10) WiMAX Equipment, Devices, and Subscribers market share and forecast report.

"The WiMAX market is battling through a tough year, with perceptions of the technology dented by the promise of TD-LTE, which overshadows WiMAX like a black cloud. There's enough doomsday talk about WiMAX lately that people seem to be overlooking the fact that the WiMAX equipment market has performed pretty well so far in 2010, including another consecutive quarter of decent growth in the third quarter. At least for now, the WiMAX market is growing, based on expansion of existing networks, greenfield deployments, a gradually broadening device ecosystem, and continued subscriber growth," notes Richard Webb, Infonetics Research's directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave, and mobile devices.


  • Combined worldwide WiMAX equipment and device revenue totaled $355 million in 3Q10, up 8% from 2Q10, and up 9% from the recession-weakened 3Q09
  • While WiMAX is being challenged by LTE and TD-LTE, service providers have stated publicly (including KDDI recently in Japan) that LTE is not sufficient to address capacity issues and they intend to adopt a broad 4G strategy that includes WiFi and WiMAX as complementary technologies
  • In 12 months, from 2009 to 2010, the number of WiMAX subscribers worldwide is more than doubling, from just under 3 million to more than 7.5 million
  • In November 2010, the WiMAX Forum reported that there are now 587 WiMAX networks being deployed in 148 countries, in addition to 150 WiMAX trials in progress
  • Over the long term, developing countries such as India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico will be the high-growth markets for WiMAX
  • Motorola maintained its revenue share lead in the combined worldwide WiMAX equipment and device market in 3Q10 despite a drop in share, while Samsung and Alvarion jumped up and Huawei dropped in rankings

Infonetics' quarterly WiMAX Equipment, Devices, and Subscribers 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 include Accton WB, Airspan, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Aviat, Cisco, GreenPacket, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, NEC, 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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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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