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WiMAX base stations on the rise

Posted: 17 Sep 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile  network 

Post recession, WiMAX base stations are on the rise and ABI Research forecasts mobile WiMAX users will number close to 5.90 crore by 2015 along with sales of WiMAX base stations.

The research firm said that while the growth is below expectations from several years ago, it still represents an improvement in light of the gloom brought about by the recession.

"The recession certainly played a role, making investors wary and delaying some deployments," research analyst Xavier Ortiz said as he explained the lacklustre number. "On top of that, delays in the formation of the new Clearwire have constrained the rest of the ecosystem to some degree, from subscribers to devices and chipsets."

The ABI WiMAX report also states that shipments of WiMAX base stations will continue to grow—though at a slower pace—through 2015. Even though some operators are opting for TD-LTE instead of WiMAX, some base station models may be partially used with TD-LTE networks. "Service providers adopting WiMAX but interested in upgrading their networks have been choosing those infrastructure vendors that can offer the options of staying with WiMAX (moving towards 802.16m) or moving towards TD-LTE. This creates a sense of reassurance for service providers," Ortiz said.

Four major vendors accounted for a large number of the WiMAX base stations shipped in 2009—market leader Alvarion, followed by Samsung, NSN, and Huawei. ZTE and NEC came in fifth and sixth, respectively.

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