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3G, 4G to reach 30% of global wireless users

Posted: 20 Mar 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless subscriptions  3G  4G  WiMAX 

By the end of 2013, 3G and 4G will account for 30 per cent of wireless subscriptions worldwide, according to a report by In-Stat. This is more than a hundred per cent increase from 3G's share of global wireless subscriptions at the end of 2008, which was 11 per cent. The trend is reflected in fourth quarter 2008 wireless infrastructure contract awards, said the research company.

Looking forward, WiMAX will have to prove itself over the next couple of years with the rise of HSPA and LTE. In-Stat expects mobile WiMAX to be attractive in developing countries and remote locations in which fixed broadband networks are not yet deployed. It is still unknown whether or not mobile WiMAX will be competitive in locations with existing 3G cellular and fixed broadband networks.

"Based on contract awards, WiMAX deployments are remaining resilient in the face of the economic slowdown, although some operators are slowing the deployment rate" says Daryl Schoolar, an In-Stat analyst. "The WiMAX equipment heavy weights of Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Motorola and Samsung are benefiting from the trend. Other vendors to watch include Cisco, Huawei and ZTE."

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

• 802.16e, the mobile standard for WiMAX, has been mainly deployed for fixed and nomadic services. Clearwire, Korea Telecom and UQ of Japan are among a few notable exceptions that are embracing 802.16e for mobile data applications.

• There were 132 announced deployments in the fourth quarter of 2008, consisting of 95 HSPA, 18 WCDMA, 12 mobile WiMAX, six CDMA EV-DO, and one TD SCDMA.

• Based on the contract award activity over the past few quarters, In-Stat expects most of the deployments through new live networks to be WiMAX and HSPA. In-Stat has seen a significant slowdown in contracts for WCDMA and CDMA EV-DO equipment.





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