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Saturday, February 19, 2005
WiMax,wireless broadband is gearing to compete with DSL and cable modem services and without the need for heavy regulation will have a significant impact on the telecoms industry. According to In-Stat, low network investment costs, and non-line-of-sight operation over licensed or non-licensed radio spectrum makes WiMax an attractive technology.The success of WiMax, which supports point to multi-point broadband wireless access rates up to 2Mbps over a coverage area of three to five miles, remains uncertain.In-Stat's report stated that, by 2009, approximately 8.5 million worldwide, will be using WiMax-based broadband wireless access services. Nearly 4.5 million of these will also subscribe to Voice over WiMax services, according to the study. The analyst firm predicted that a maximum 15 per cent market share is likely available to broadband wireless access operators in metropolitan areas.Emerging country markets typically have antiquated technology and limited public network capacity, making WiMax particularly attractive.The emergence of standards-based wireless interoperability for WiMax wide area broadband microwave access equipment will "lift wireless communications to new heights",goes the prediction.Frost & Sullivan research suggests,WiMax is likely to become the third most widely used high-speed internet access technology following its competitors DSL and cable modem.. WiMax could even upstage DSL, particularly in the rural areas of Asia and eastern Europe where it is extremely expensive to deploy cable or DSL. "Customers are more confident about accepting a specifications and standards-based product and this is tilting the balance in favour of WiMax," said Frost & Sullivan. Lower costs, continuous product evolution, and flexibility in switching suppliers are driving uptake of WiMax-based products, according to the analyst.
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