Will WiMAX Lead the Way to "Universal Broadband"?

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A new report issued by WTRS finds that mandates to develop global "universal broadband" offer an unexpected market driver for mobile WiMAX, and also create a fertile bed for competitive technologies to develop. To the question: will politics or real needs lead to "universal broadband"? our answer is Yes!

President Bush has said we'll all be connected by "universal broadband" by 2007. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will ensure that "universal broadband" will happen within 5 years. Certainly, broadband coverage is growing rapidly, but at this point in time the role of Government seems irrelevant to that forward momentum.

Whether the US is currently 50% connected, or 80% (depending on the source and designation), try as hard as we may it is impossible to ever reach 100% penetration. Many technologies, explained and defined in a new Technology Report by WTRS, contribute to expansion. How they do so, and how quickly we get to "universal" broadband will be driven by usefulness, technological improvement, cost factors, and (not least) market savvy companies' view of and aspiration toward potential profits.

"Contrary to current opinion, there is substantial competition to WiMAX," said Kirsten West, PhD, principal analyst with WTRS. "Traditional, or wired, broadband technologies and their service providers offer direct competition to fixed as well as mobile WiMAX, fueled as they are by governmental encouragement on a global scale, coinciding with deployment of IPv6."

In order for various countries to participate in the benefits afforded as a byproduct of IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), the Internet infrastructure technologies must be in place. These are marketed to the consumer as broadband services and the development of triple- and quadruple-play offerings that combine television broadcast, interactive content delivery, Internet services, and voice communications capabilities.

The new WTRS Market Report analyzes and forecasts the market for "Wireless Triple Play" technologies. The Report includes a thorough evaluation of emerging technologies including WiMAX, both fixed and mobile, WiBro, BPL (broadband over Powerline), and advanced optical fiber. Analysis includes an assessment of the market, regulatory, and governmental drivers on global scale. The Report includes analysis of the WiMAX Forum, IPv6, and the emergence of ENUM, as well as global & regional market trends & forecasts, regulatory issues, standards development, economic effects, and strategic developments. The Report is a component of the WTRS "Wireless Triple Play" subject sphere. A purchase of the report includes one hour of phone consultation with the principal analyst. Purchase also includes our traditional and pioneering 3 quarterly updates.

The Report also offers a comprehensive analysis of total addressable market issues in individual early geographic areas that makes it possible to join other companies that are entering a particular geographic market and will achieve a reasonable ROI.

Companies mentioned include : PicoChip, Motorola, Comsys, STMicro, TI, Sequans, Intel, Beceem, TeleCIS Wireless, D-Clue, Fujitsu, Innovazione Italia, Infratel Italia, Airspan, Yozam, Sprint, Alvarion, Telkom, Kenya Data Networks, Microm, WBS, Mundostartel, ZTE, ArrayCom, AT&T, NTT,

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Title: WTRS Wireless Triple Play (WiMAX) Technology Trends Report

Issue Q1 2007 (updated quarterly)

55 pages

39 tables and figures

Product#: WT022807TPTR

Contact: George West, 650-940-1196, http://www.wtrs.net

West Technology Research Solutions, LLC (WTRS) is an independent market research and consulting company with 8 years in wireless research specializing in Insteon, ZigBee, UWB, Bluetooth, WiMAX, IEEE 802.15.4, Wi-Fi, and other emerging wireless technologies and protocols. WTRS helps companies track the market potential & viability of wireless emerging technologies. WTRS reports are not funded by, or in any other way influenced by, companies which we study. WTRS market research and consulting services provide customers with the information they need to assess market opportunities, evaluate investments, monitor competition, form relationships, and make crucial business decisions in following cutting-edge technologies. WTRS customers range from start-ups, some still in development, to the largest and most prominent players in technology. All have an interest in market intelligence that aids them in making crucial business decisions.

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