Up to 12 Percent of DSL Users to Transfer to WiMAX Within 5 Years

Hampshire, U.K. — May 7
A new analysis of the global opportunity for WiMAX 802.16e forecasts that up to 12 percent of the global DSL-installed base will be substituted by WiMAX by 2013. The Far East will lead with more than one-fifth of the 47 million subscribers in 2013.

A region-by-region analysis by Juniper Research found there is a significant opportunity now for WiMAX as a DSL-substitute technology. The study explored how WiMAX is well-suited to rapid deployment in the many underserved areas, not only in developing areas, but also in developed countries.

Report author Howard Wilcox said: “WiMAX will be an attractive offer in areas where there are no wired networks and in areas where the existing DSL speed is suboptimal. WiMAX will solve the broadband-access problem for users located at the fringes of DSL coverage. This is in fact the case in a number of developed nations such as U.K., USA, Ireland and Scandinavia, and WiMAX network operators are deploying networks to address this market need. Additionally, in developing countries, such as India, network operators are aiming to provide basic connectivity.”

The vast majority of the WiMAX 802.16e trials and network contracts that are being announced almost daily will begin by providing fixed broadband. Mobile usage will develop after initial demand for fixed and portable services — this will be an added benefit for subscribers.

Highlights from the report include:



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