WiMAX equipment seen topping $3b in 2010

WiMAX equipment sale could reach more than $3 billion in 2010, fuelled by demand from fixed, portable, and mobile broadband access, a report from In-Stat said.


In a statement, In-Stat said WiMAX's advantages in cost, flexibility and portability will also allow its providers to take market share from operators using proprietary wireless or wireline technologies.


The market's biggest challenge will be worldwide harmonization of spectrum sufficient to allow manufacturers to mass-produce equipment at ever lower prices, In-Stat said.


'Our aggressive forecast for pre-WiMAX-certified equipment, including subscriber units and base stations, is $42 million in 2005, growing to $3.2 billion in 2010,' said Norm Bogen, In-Stat analyst.