The ICT practice at MarketsandMarkets is pleased to announce its analyst briefing presentation on the “WiMAX-TDD/FDD Spectrum Analysis and Global Forecast (2011-2016)” by subscribers, end-user devices, services, and WiMAX equipment to be held on September 22, 2011.
The increasing demand of rural connectivity is driving the global WiMAX market. The WiMAX services market is expected grow from $3.25 billion in 2010 to $33.65 billion in 2016 at a CAGR of 48.56% from 2011 to 2016. The WiMAX equipment market, on the other hand, is estimated to grow from $1.50 billion in 2010 to $9.21 billion in 2016 at a CAGR of 36.83% for the same period. The agenda for the briefing includes a discussion on key high-growth regions, winning imperatives, growth trends, the competitive scenario, and opportunities in the macro- and micro-markets with respect to APAC, NA, Europe, MEA and LA.
The never-ending need for bandwidth is one of the major drivers of the WiMAX market, not only in the broadband segment, but also in the cellular space. The gradual saturation of 3G networks has paved the way for emergence of the 4G market, i.e. an element of LTE and WiMAX. Although LTE is currently being deployed by many cellular operators, there still exists a need to optimize the bandwidth efficiently, to reduce the high operating expenses (OPEX) borne by the operators. Considering the growing customer base demands, deployment of additional resources in terms of bandwidth is essential at optimized OPEX. In such a situation, WiMAX is being considered as an alternate broadband backhaul solution to help operators in offloading their voice and data traffic.
In terms of unit shipments, the 3.5 GHz band is the most preferred globally, as it is suitable for fixed broadband. WiMAX was initially deployed for fixed broadband, most of the deployments and equipment was made in the 3.5 GHz band; as such higher frequency bands are preferred for fixed broadband. With the rising need for improved portability and mobility, WiMAX is now revolutionizing its way through the mobile space, hence enforcing regulators worldwide to make lower bands such as 2.3 GHz available for auctions. Even though the unlicensed bands such as 5 GHz promise lower CAPEX, operators worldwide are inclined towards licensed bands such as 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, and 3.5 GHz due to their superior performance parameters such as lower latency and reduced distortion.
WiMAX is operational on both licensed and unlicensed spectrums, wherein the licensed band comprises 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz, whilst 5.8 GHz falls under the unlicensed band, with the future possibility of frequencies up to 66 GHz. As per our research, the option of operating in the licensed or unlicensed band gives a favorable flexibility to operators, thereby driving the WiMAX market at a rapid pace. Spectrum flexibility also widens the overall deployment options and, hence, the technologys market potential.
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