Things are coming to a head as WiMAX, 4G and 3G will be competing for many of the same constituencies. Dublin-based research group Research and Markets has just come out with a new report on the coming melee. Among the report's findings: Moving from 3G to 4G should simplify making applications available to mobile users because of the faster data rates; this will make the middleware used to adapt applications for the slower speed of wireless systems obsolete; the availability of a complete IP based service with the security of a VPN to the mobile end-user will be a major benefit; access to the network will be continuous.
The face off between 4G, WiFi and WiMAX will revolve around a globally adopted network of shared applications, resources, and standards which meet a minimum delivery requirement of VoFi, broadband and multimedia services to all 4G enabled end-users. The technology best performing in this contest will emerge as the solution of choice. If WiMAX can gain a loyal customer base with revenue projections, the cellular companies will merger quickly with them.
If you are a network operators faced with the need to make decisions about the trade-off issues among 4G, WiFi and WiMAX; a supplier of equipment or software wondering about the shape of the market; or an investor looking for an angle, you may want to take a look at this report.
For more on the report:
- see Research and Markets website