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The Future of Mobile WiMax: Where, When & How Much?
Although the cellular industry has made significant progress over the past decade in bringing broadband to cities and sparsely populated areas not served by DSL or cable, there are still many places left unserved or underserved by broadband. These present potentially huge opportunities for mobile WiMax services, especially in developing markets that lack adequate wireline infrastructure.

Some vendors and service providers believe that femtocells mini base stations roughly the size of an 802.11 WiFi access point will be the key enabler for mobile WiMax, to the point that a few argue for using only femtocells in dense urban areas. One goal of a femto-heavy or femto-only architecture is to put stronger signals in more places, particularly inside homes and offices, instead of relying on outdoor macrocells to blast a signal indoors. In that respect, WiMax is in the same boat as one of its 4G rivals, Long Term Evolution (LTE).

The potential embedded WiMax market extends well beyond the obvious laptops to include machine-to-machine applications, such as telemetry (modules attached to fixed equipment, such as utility meters) and telematics (mobile equipment, such as shipping containers), as well as consumer electronics. This potential directly affects WiMax's competitive position because the more devices embedding the technology, the higher the chipset volumes which in turn drives down costs, making WiMax attractive to more device vendors and their customers. Some examples include vehicles, utility meters, portable electronic devices, and washing machines.

Despite what some consider a late start, the mobile WiMax market shows positive signs of decent, long-term growth on a worldwide level. However, mobile WiMax still has issues to overcome. Voice, streaming multimedia, and email to name a few mobile applications and services are already delivered by conventional cellular networks to one extent or another. To grab market share, mobile WiMax network operators must create the perception among consumers and enterprises that WiMax is better (e.g., lower latency), faster, cheaper, or some combination of the three.

This report identifies and analyzes key issues that will affect the deployment of WiMax through 2010, examining how WiMax will affect the competitive landscape in both developed and developing countries. The report also profiles 14 leading WiMax equipment vendors, offering insight into which companies are best positioned to emerge as key players in this market.

The Future of Mobile WiMax: Where, When & How Much? provides critical insight and analysis for a range of industry participants, including:

Operators who have launched or are building mobile WiMax networks, while initially focusing on providing fixed and/or portable services
Service providers trying to decide if mobile WiMax is beneficial to their buying equipment and launching services
WiMax operators trying to lower their backhaul costs
Vendors who are waiting to see whether or not mobile WiMax takes off as projected, making the service worth time and money
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
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Many vendors say that service providers throughout the world are more interested in using mobile WiMax to offer fixed and portable services for the next few years. In some cases, that decision is based less on the selection of mobile WiMax user devices and more on the regulatory environment. The following excerpt shows the projected WiMax penetration throughout specific areas of the world by 2012.
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Companies profiled in this report include: Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU); Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR); Aperto Networks Inc.; Aricent Inc.; Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc.; Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC); Nokia Siemens Networks B.V., a joint venture of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE); Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT); picoChip Designs Ltd.; Redline Communications Inc.; Samsung Telecommunications America LLP, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC); Sequans Communications; Stoke Inc.; and Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE: TXN).
Total pages: 29
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