Emergence of New Mobile WiMAX Standard IEEE 802.16m to Drive Growth in the Mobile WiMAX Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Mobile WiMAX markets. The global subscriber base for Mobile WiMAX is projected to reach 166.2 million by 2018, primarily driven by rapid proliferation of smartphones, continued rise in data consumption, and subsequent need for high-speed networks. Mobile industry’s transition from 3G to 4G networks and emergence of new mobile WiMAX specification i.e., IEEE 802.16m, which addresses key unmet performance needs for 4G networks, also represents a key growth driver.

Mobile WiMAX: A Global Strategic Business Report

Follow us on LinkedIn – Having started on a miniscule scale in the world of high-speed networks competing against the likes of well established UMTS-HSPA technologies, Mobile WiMAX or Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineer’s (IEEE) 802.16e-2005 gained lot of interest early on as a technology offering high bandwidth and capable of taking broadband to remote areas without expensive infrastructure. In a short span of time, Mobile WiMAX has evolved into a potential laden substitute to cellular technology for wide-area wireless networks. The technology’s approval by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) as an IMT-2000 (3G technology) under the name OFDMA Time Division Duplex (TDD) Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WMAN) especially came as a shot in the arm for Mobile WiMAX, following which, it gained significant traction in developing markets as a wireless alternative to wire line deployment. Given its ability to ensure delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to DSL and cable, and provide broadband wireless access to several users from a single base station at reasonable costs, Mobile WiMAX/IEEE 802.16e-2005 soon became the most preferred high-speed network technology across the globe.

The 2007-2009 economic recession however wielded a considerable impact on the overall telecom industry, especially the wireless telecom sector, as weak budgetary conditions and tight credit markets temporary derailed high-value infrastructure investments and weakened the sector’s own internal growth engine. New project establishments and upgradation initiatives based purely on economic merits were impacted by corporate decisions based on short term cashflow savings. Lack of cheap access to capital and financial funds negatively impacted WiMAX service providers from effectively raising capital to fund WiMAX spectrum purchase.

WiMAX spectrum range in high frequency bands, such as, 2.3GHz, 2.5 GHz, and 3.5 GHz, are expensive to acquire and need dense and expensive networks. Lack of sufficient investments therefore caused considerable delays in new network rollouts and the hype surrounding high-speed wireless networks was partially punctured by the harsh economic realities. Despite the technological advantages offered, several mobile operators found it difficult to make full-fledged transition to advanced wireless networks and the ensuing slowdown in activity in wireless mobile communications sector as a whole trickled down to enabling technologies such as Mobile WiMAX. In other words, the fiscal pain induced by the recession resulted in WiMAX getting patchy in terms of deployment on a global scale.

However, despite the challenges resulting from the recession, the fact that users continued to perceive mobile connectivity as an essential lifestyle management tool even during the recession helped the global Mobile WiMAX market fare better than other competing technologies. Volume of connections remained fairly stable while revenue growth dipped, indicating lower ARPU (average revenue per user). Also, sales of smartphones including those with WiMAX capabilities continued to maintain healthy growth during the period, thereby encouraging demand for high-speed wireless technologies such as Mobile WiMAX. The market staged a recovery during the year 2010 encouraged largely by government support in the form of economic stimulus packages.

The Mobile WiMAX market weakened yet again in 2011 due to natural disasters that struck Japan during the year and the emergence of the European debt crisis. However, the technology is expected to get a new lease of life by the launch of LTE release 9 and the development of its new specification. The approval of IEEE 802.16m (mobile WiMAX version 2) specification in the year 2011 and the expected commercial availability in the year 2012 is expected to help put growth back on track for the years 2012 & 2013.

IEEE 802.16m will have richer features than its predecessor technology standard IEEE 802.16e-2005 and also supports latest technology capabilities such as 20& 40MHZ, TDD & FDD, advanced beam forming, and Multiple Input & Multiple Output (MIMO). IEEE 802.16m is also backward compatible with its predecessor technology standard, thereby enabling devices based on 802.16e standard to seamlessly work on 802.16m network. Hailed as a 4G technology standard, Mobile WiMAX 802.16m addresses key unmet performance needs for 4G networks, and enables users to enjoy bundled services i.e., voice, data and video services over high-speed wireless mobile broadband network at affordable prices. With development activity in 4G space growing at a brisk pace, Mobile WiMAX 802.16m is expected to seize the early bird advantage in the 4G space.

As stated by the new market research report on Mobile WiMAX, Asia-Pacific represents the most prominent regional market for the technology, with subscriber base in the region growing at a CAGR of about 80.3% over the analysis period. Growth drivers in the region include strong government support for telecom industry, specific unmet needs of existing network infrastructure, and rapid proliferation of mobile handsets, particularly high-end 3G and 4G enabled smartphones. The need to replace expensive wired infrastructure with low-cost networks in most of the nations in the region also represent a key growth driver for the Mobile WiMAX technology in Asia-Pacific.

Major players in the global marketplace include WiMAX Service Providers such as AT& T, Deutsche Breitband Dienste (DBD) GmbH, iBurst (Pty) Ltd., Mobile TeleSystems OJSC MTS, Sprint, and VMAX Telecom, among others. WiMAX Equipment Manufacturers covered in the report include Airspan Networks Inc., Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion Ltd., Aperto Networks, Cisco Systems Inc., EION Wireless, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Motorola Solutions Inc., NEC Corporation, NewNet Communication Technologies, Redline Communications Inc., Runcom Technologies Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SOMA Networks Inc., Tellabs, ZTE Corporation, and ZyXEL Communications Inc., among others.

The research report titled “Mobile WiMAX: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, issues, drivers, company profiles, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. The report provides market estimates and projections by Number of Subscribers (in Thousands) and Equipment Spending by Operators (in US$ Million) for major geographic markets including the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe) Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Rest of World.

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