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WiMAX Market - TDD/FDD Spectrum Analysis and Global Forecast (2011-2016)

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Publishing Date: September 2011
Report Code: TC 1550

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The global WiMAX Equipment market is expected to grow from $1.92 billion in 2011 to $9.21 billion in 2016. This represents a CAGR of 36.83% from 2011 to 2016. Saturation in the existing 3G networks, quest for higher data rates, and the need for spectral efficiency are the prominent factors triggering the demand for global WiMAX deployments.

The inexhaustible need for bandwidth is one of the major drivers of the WiMAX market, not just in the broadband segment, but also in the cellular space. The gradual saturation of 3G networks has given way to the emergence of the 4G market, constituent 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 necessary, that too, at optimized OPEX. In such a scenario, WiMAX is being considered as an alternate broadband backhaul solution to help operators in offloading their voice and data traffic.

WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is the fourth generation mobile broadband system defined by the IEEE standard. The WiMAX Forum regulates this technology, while the IEEE monitors its standardization. The global WiMAX market is segmented into equipment, services, and end-user devices market. The services market captures the largest market share in terms of revenue, followed by the equipment market. In order to meet the rising demand for high broadband access, operators are in constant search for high speed network technologies. Enterprises need enhanced efficiency in the existing real-time applications such as video conferencing, while the other users are keen to have television-like experience while browsing through high-bandwidth applications such as YouTube and social networking sites. This rising demand for higher speed with better user experience has compelled operators to go for further enhancements in the broadband space.

The WiMAX market has wide scope in terms of operability as it is capable of operating in both TDD and FDD modes, thereby giving flexibility to the operators. With innovations such as network sharing and hybrid networks budding in the market off late, WiMAX players have immense opportunity; which still remains untapped. TDD is preferred over FDD for WiMAX operations, owing to its flexibility in handling both symmetric and asymmetric broadband traffic. Moreover, TDD saves bandwidth since it uses half the spectrum, as compared to FDD. This, in turn, makes a TDD system cheaper and less complex. As most of the WiMAX traffic comprises asymmetrical data, major WiMAX deployments are being implemented in the TDD mode, thereby facilitating industry players with spectrally efficient alternatives, reducing their OPEX.

Spectrum licensing has various effects on technology; in terms of bandwidth, power, and interference. Since the licensed frequency bands are allocated only to licensees, the interference in these bands is relatively low, thereby benefiting the end-user. In such a scenario, WiMAX operators are at an advantage as they have the flexibility to invest in the licensed bands, thereby being facilitated with superior signal quality.

At the same time, licensed bands are usually expensive as they are auctioned out on a nationwide level. With 5 GHz being a globally recognized unlicensed WiMAX band, medium to small operators find it easier to venture into the license-exempt market as they are not required to compulsorily buy the spectrum, hence providing further flexibility to WiMAX operators.

Scope of the report

This research report segments the global WiMAX market on the basis of equipment, end-user devices, and services. It is further sub-segmented in terms of regions and revenues, giving insights of market trends and applications in each sub segment.

This research report categorizes the global WiMAX market for forecasting the revenue, and analyzing trends in each of the following sub-markets:

On the basis of type and services:

  • Fixed
  • Mobile

 On the basis of equipment:

  • Infrastructure
  • End-user devices

 On the basis of geography:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • MEA
  • Asia-Pacific

Each of the major and micro WiMAX market segments includes detailed analysis of the factors influencing the market, trends and forecasts, and competitive landscape to understand basic market opportunities and growth strategies required to successfully drive the global WiMAX market.

TABLE OF CONTENTS    
   
1 INTRODUCTION
  
  1.1 KEY TAKE-AWAYS  
  1.2 REPORT DESCRIPTION  
  1.3 MARKETS COVERED  
  1.4 STAKEHOLDERS  
  1.5 FORECAST ASSUMPTIONS  
  1.6 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY  
   
2 SUMMARY  
   
3 MARKET OVERVIEW
  
  3.1 DEFINITION  
  3.2 WIMAX DUPLEXING TECHNIQUES  
      3.2.1 FDD  
      3.2.2 TDD  
  3.3 COMPARISON BETWEEN WI-FI & WIMAX  
  3.4 COMPARISON BETWEEN LTE & WIMAX  
  3.5 MARKET DYNAMICS  
      3.5.1 DRIVERS  
            3.5.1.1 Rising need for rural connectivity  
            3.5.1.2 Rising need for broadband connectivity  
            3.5.1.3 Backhaul solution for bandwidth optimization  
            3.5.1.4 Operational flexibility  
      3.5.2 RESTRAINT  
            3.5.2.1 Shifting focus from WiMAX to LTE: negative portrayal of WiMAX  
      3.5.3 OPPORTUNITIES  
            3.5.3.1 Co-existence of LTE & WiMAX: heterogeneous base stations  
            3.5.3.2 Emerging markets with low broadband penetration  
  3.6 IMPACT ANALYSIS OF DRO’S  
  3.7 WINNING IMPERATIVES  
      3.7.1.1 Interoperability due to standardization  
      3.7.1.2 Spectral flexibility  
  3.8 BURNING ISSUES  
      3.8.1.1 Spectrum regulatory issues  
      3.8.1.2 International roaming  
 3.9 OPPORTUNITY ANALYSIS  
      3.9.1 BY VERTICALS  
      3.9.2 BY END-USER DEVICES  
  3.1 MARKET PRESENCE ANALYSIS  
  3.11 PATENT ANALYSIS  
      3.11.1 BY COMPANY  
      3.11.2 BY GEOGRAPHY  
   
4 WIMAX MARKET TRENDS ANALYSIS  
  4.1 GLOBAL DEPLOYMENT TRENDS  
      4.1.1 BY USAGE & ARPU  
      4.1.2 BY FREQUENCIES  
  4.2 WIMAX NETWORK ACCESS TYPES  
      4.2.1 FIXED, PORTABLE & MOBILE ACCESS  
  4.3 SPECTRUM ANALYSIS  
      4.3.1 FIXED WIMAX 802.16D  
      4.3.2 MOBILE WIMAX 802.16E  
   
5 WIMAX MARKET ASSESSMENT  
  5.1 INSTALLED BASE STATIONS  
  5.2 WIMAX EQUIPMENT MARKET  
  5.3 WIMAX END-USER DEVICES MARKET  
      5.3.1 BY TYPES  
      5.3.2 BY GEOGRAPHY  
  5.4 WIMAX SERVICES REVENUE & FORECAST  
      5.4.1 BY TYPES  
            5.4.1.1 Fixed  
            5.4.1.2 Mobile  
  5.5 SUBSCRIBERS FOR WIMAX  
      5.5.1 BY TYPES  
            5.5.1.1 Fixed WiMAX  
            5.5.1.2 Mobile WiMAX  
   
6 GEOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS  
 6.1 NORTH AMERICA  
      6.1.1 OVERVIEW & TRENDS  
      6.1.2 MARKET SIZE & FORECAST  
  6.2 LATIN AMERICA  
      6.2.1 OVERVIEW & TRENDS  
      6.2.2 MARKET SIZE & FORECAST  
  6.3 EUROPE  
      6.3.1 OVERVIEW & TRENDS  
      6.3.2 MARKET SIZE & FORECAST  
  6.4 MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA  
      6.4.1 OVERVIEW & TRENDS  
      6.4.2 MARKET SIZE & FORECAST  
  6.5 ASIA-PACIFIC  
      6.5.1 OVERVIEW & TRENDS  
      6.5.2 MARKET SIZE & FORECAST  
   
7 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE  
  7.1 NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS  
  7.2 MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS  
  7.3 PARTNERSHIPS & COLLABORATIONS  
   
8 COMPANY PROFILES  
  8.1 AIRSPAN NETWORKS INC  
      8.1.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.1.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.1.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.1.4 STRATEGY  
      8.1.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.2 ALVARION LTD  
      8.2.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.2.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.2.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.2.4 STRATEGY  
      8.2.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.3 AVIAT NETWORKS INC  
      8.3.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.3.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.3.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.3.4 STRATEGY  
      8.3.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.4 BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LTD  
      8.4.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.4.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.4.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.4.4 STRATEGY  
      8.4.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.5 CLEARWIRE CORPORATION  
      8.5.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.5.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.5.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.5.4 STRATEGY  
      8.5.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.6 COMCAST CORPORATION  
      8.6.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.6.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.6.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.6.4 STRATEGY  
      8.6.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.7 DRAGONWAVE INC  
      8.7.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.7.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.7.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.7.4 STRATEGY  
      8.7.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.8 HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO. LTD  
      8.8.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.8.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.8.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.8.4 STRATEGY  
      8.8.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.9 INTEL CORPORATION  
      8.9.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.9.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.9.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.9.4 STRATEGY  
      8.9.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.10 NOKIA CORPORATION  
      8.10.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.10.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.10.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.10.4 STRATEGY  
      8.10.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.11 REDLINE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP INC  
      8.11.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.11.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.11.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.11.4 STRATEGY  
      8.11.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.12 SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS  
      8.12.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.12.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.12.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.12.4 STRATEGY  
      8.12.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.13 SPRINT NEXTEL CORPORATION  
      8.13.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.13.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.13.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.13.4 STRATEGY  
      8.13.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.14 UQ COMMUNICATIONS INC  
      8.14.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.14.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.14.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.14.4 STRATEGY  
      8.14.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
  8.15 ZTE CORPORATION  
      8.15.1 OVERVIEW  
      8.15.2 PRODUCTS & SERVICES  
      8.15.3 FINANCIALS  
      8.15.4 STRATEGY  
      8.15.5 DEVELOPMENTS  
   
APPENDIX   
  PATENTS   
   
LIST OF TABLES   
  
1 FORECAST ASSUMPTIONS  
2 GLOBAL WIMAX MARKET REVENUE, BY TYPES,  2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
3 GLOBAL WIMAX END-USER DEVICE SHIPMENTS & SUBSCRIBERS, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
4 COMPARISON BETWEEN WI-FI & WIMAX  
5 COMPARISON BETWEEN LTE & WIMAX ON THE BASIS OF FEATURES  
6 IMPACT ANALYSIS OF DRO’S  
7 TYPES OF WIMAX NETWORK ACCESS  
8 COMPARISON BETWEEN 802.16D & 802.16E  
9 FREQUENCY BANDS OF FIXED WIMAX  
10 FREQUENCY BANDS OF MOBILE WIMAX  
11 INSTALLED BASE STATIONS, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2016 (THOUSAND)  
12 GLOBAL WIMAX EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
13 WIMAX EQUIPMENT MARKET, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
14 WIMAX EQUIPMENT MARKET, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2011 – 2016 (Y-O-Y GROWTH RATE)  
15 GLOBAL WIMAX END-USER DEVICE SHIPMENTS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
16 WIMAX END-USER DEVICE SHIPMENTS, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
17 GLOBAL WIMAX SERVICES MARKET REVENUE, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
18 GLOBAL WIMAX SERVICES MARKET REVENUE, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
19 WIMAX SERVICES MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
20 FIXED WIMAX SERVICES MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
21 MOBILE WIMAX SERVICES MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
22 GLOBAL WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
23 FIXED WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
24 MOBILE WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
25 NORTH AMERICA: WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
26 NORTH AMERICA: WIMAX SERVICES MARKET REVENUE, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
27 NORTH AMERICA: END-USER DEVICE SHIPMENTS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
28 LATIN AMERICA: WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
29 LATIN AMERICA: WIMAX SERVICES MARKET, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
30 LATIN AMERICA: END-USER DEVICE SHIPMENTS MARKET, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
31 EUROPE: WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
32 EUROPE: WIMAX SERVICES MARKET, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
33 EUROPE: END-USER DEVICE SHIPMENTS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
34 MEA: WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
35 MEA: WIMAX SERVICES MARKET REVENUE, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
36 MEA: END-USER DEVICE SHIPMENTS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
37 APAC: WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
38 APAC: WIMAX SERVICES MARKET REVENUE, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 ($BILLION)  
39 APAC: END-USER DEVICE SHIPMENTS, BY TYPES, 2010 – 2016 (MILLION)  
40 NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS, 2008 – 2011  
41 MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS, 2009 – 2011  
42 PARTNERSHIPS & COLLABORATIONS, 2008 – 2011  
43 AIRSPAN NETWORKS: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2007 – 2008 ($MILLION)  
44 AIRSPAN NETWORKS: MARKET REVENUE, BY PRODUCTS & SERVICES, 2007 – 2008 ($MILLION)  
45 ALVARION: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
46 AVIAT NETWORKS: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
47 BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM: MARKET REVENUE, BY SEGMENTS, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
48 CLEARWIRE: MARKET REVENUE, BY SEGMENTS, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
49 CLEARWIRE: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
50 COMCAST: MARKET REVENUE, BY SEGMENTS, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
51 DRAGONWAVE: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2010 – 2011 ($MILLION)  
52 HUAWEI: MARKET REVENUE, BY BUSINESS SEGMENTS, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
53 HUAWEI: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
54 INTEL: MARKET REVENUE, BY OPERATING SEGMENTS, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
55 INTEL: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
56 NOKIA: MARKET REVENUE, BY SEGMENTS, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
57 NOKIA: MARKET REVENUE, BY COUNTRY, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
58 REDLINE: MARKET REVENUE, BY SEGMENTS, 2010 ($MILLION)  
59 REDLINE: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
60 SPRINT NEXTEL: MARKET REVENUE, BY SEGMENTS, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
61 ZTE CORPORATION: MARKET REVENUE, BY PRODUCT SEGMENTS, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)  
62 ZTE CORPORATION: MARKET REVENUE, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2009 – 2010 ($MILLION)   
   

LIST OF FIGURES   
   
1 WIMAX ARCHITECTURE  
2 DATA FLOW IN FDD  
3 FDD (FREQUENCY DIVISION DUPLEX)  
4 DATA FLOW IN TDD  
5 TDD (TIME DIVISION DUPLEX)  
6 EVOLUTION OF LTE & WIMAX TECHNOLOGIES  
7 GLOBAL BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS, 2006 – 2011 (MILLION)  
8 WIMAX AS AN ALTERNATE BACKHAUL  
9 IEEE STANDARD OF WIMAX  
10 CONNECTIONS, BY UTILITY VERTICALS, 2009 – 2016 (MILLION)  
11 OPPORTUNITY ANALYSIS, BY END-USER DEVICES  
12 MARKET PRESENCE ANALYSIS, 2008 – 2011  
13 PATENT ANALYSIS, BY COMPANY,  2006 – 2011 (%)  
14 PATENT ANALYSIS, BY GEOGRAPHY, JULY 2006 – JULY 2011  
15 WIMAX USAGE & ARPU, BY TYPES, 2010  
16 WIMAX DEPLOYMENT, BY FREQUENCIES, 2010  
17 INSTALLED BASE STATIONS PROPORTIONS & FORECAST, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2011 – 2016  
18 GLOBAL WIMAX EQUIPMENT MARKET TRENDS, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2011 – 2016  
19 WIMAX EQUIPMENT MARKET, PROPORTION & FORECAST, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2011 – 2016  
20 WIMAX END-USER DEVICES MARKET, BY SHIPMENTS, 2010 – 2015 (MILLION)  
21 WIMAX END-USER DEVICE SHIPMENTS PROPORTION & FORECAST, BY TYPES, 2011 – 2016  
22 WIMAX END-USER DEVICE SHIPMENTS PROPORTION & FORECAST, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2011-2016  
23 GLOBAL WIMAX SERVICES MARKET PROPORTION & FORECAST, 2011 – 2016  
24 GLOBAL WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS PROPORTION & FORECAST, BY TYPES, 2011 – 2016  
25 FIXED WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS PROPORTION & FORECAST, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2011 – 2016  
26 MOBILE WIMAX SUBSCRIBERS PROPORTION & FORECAST, BY GEOGRAPHY, 2011 – 2016  
27 INTERNET USERS IN APAC, 2011  
28 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE, BY TYPES, 2008 – 2011

Global WiMAX TDD/FDD Spectrum Analysis and Forecast (2011-2016)

While developing nations are the most potential markets for WiMAX deployments; established economies such as North America stand only second with respect to the same. Even though several regulatory issues and spectrum allocations have not been made globally, WiMAX remains to be on the broadband roadmap for several economies such as APAC, Europe, and MEA.

MarketsandMarkets expects the global WiMAX services market to 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. MarketsandMarkets expects the global WiMAX subscribers to increase from 13.66 million in 2010 to 119.29 million in 2016 at a CAGR of 35.75% from 2011 to 2016. The WiMAX end-user devices shipment market is estimated to grow from 8.34 million in 2010 to 98.73 million in 2016 at a CAGR of 28.28% from 2011 to 2016.

Comparison of WiMAX and LTE on the basis of evolution
WiMAX market

The major forces driving the market include rising need for rural connectivity, WiMAX operability on both licensed and unlicensed spectrum among others. On the other hand, negative portrayal of WiMAX is hampering the growth of the overall market.

Licensed bands are usually pricey as they are auctioned out on a nationwide level. With 5 GHz being a globally recognized unlicensed WiMAX band, medium to small operators find it simpler to venture into the license-exempt market as they are not required to buy the spectrum, hence providing further flexibility to WiMAX operators.

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