Global wireless broadband users to hit 500m in 2010"”report

New alternative technologies will contribute just 6% of the forecast 500 million mobile broadband users globally by 2010, a Strategy Analytics report, quoted by a Wireless News report said.

The report said despite all the hype surrounding alternative technologies like WiMAX, it is iterations of existing technologies that will dominate the mobile broadband arena in the short term, the research firm said.

Technologies such as mobile WiMAX and UMTS TDD will lead the alternative technology camp, but enhancements to existing technologies, including HSPA and EV-DO Revision A+ will comprise the bulk of the market and are where the money lies in the short-term.

'We're not likely to see technologies like mobile WiMAX or indeed, anything else, really take off until the next decade,' Sara Harris, senior industry analyst at Strategy Analytics, was quoted as saying.