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ABI: WiMAX Q2 growth rockets 74%

Posted: 14 Sep 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX  Long Term Evolution  3G  W-CDMA 

ABI Research reports that starting from a small base, WiMAX posted the highest rate of growth of all wireless access technologies for Q2 09. "WiMAX achieved a whopping 74 per cent growth compared to the previous quarter," says Jake Saunders, VP for forecasting at ABI Research. "The installed base of WiMAX stood at a little over 30 lakh subscriptions, but it is a sign that the battle for the 4G market is not an automatic victory for LTE."

Both 802.16d and 802.16e are included in these statistics, to represent the total base of WiMAX subscribers, since many 802.16d networks will eventually be changed to 802.16e, even if they are mostly used for fixed services.

LTE subscriptions will start to trickle in during the second to third quarter of 2010. NTT Docomo had hoped to commence commercial LTE in 2009 but has since postponed its launch to 2010.

Mobile broadband subscriptions are taking off. ABI estimates there will be more than 24 crore subscribers by the end of 2009. By 2014, that figure could surpass 120 crore.

Mobile data traffic is burgeoning. Early in 2009 mobile operators started to ramp up W-CDMA 3G infrastructure equipment purchases dramatically to ensure sufficient network capacity to meet demand. 3G subscriptions secured 25 per cent of the global subscription market with almost 91 crore.

LTE and WiMAX generate high expectations but meanwhile HSPA has notched up almost 16 crore subscriptions. While Edge may not have the allure of 3G or 4G, carriers are relying on it to deliver mobile Internet and messaging services where 3G coverage is inadequate. In Q2 09 there were approximately 37.50 crore Edge subscribers.

Growth rates were depressed on a regional basis around the world for 1H 09 but ABI Research anticipates there will be a steady recovery in subscriber adoption which should provide carriers with a much-needed boost in Q4 09 and in 2010. Total subscriptions surpassed 415 crore in Q2 09.

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