Metrics: World becoming more mobile

The numbers do not lie: The world is becoming more mobile. Infonetics Research, in three recent reports, offers eye-opening figures about the growth of radio access network (RAN), WiMAX/outdoor mesh network and WLAN equipment markets. The numbers show an unmistakable trend: Worldwide RAN equipment sales rose 9 percent to $9.58 billion between 2Q 2006 and 3Q 2006; WLAN equipment sales increased 19 percent to $780.03 million; WiMAX equipment sales increased 23 percent to $173.53 million; and outdoor mesh equipment sales jumped 38 percent to $121.40 million.

Infonetics' Richard Webb says: "The range of licensed and unlicensed wireless broadband and mobile technologies now available leads to some interesting opportunities for operators, but also some potentially disruptive challenges to existing business models... All operators are looking at fixed-mobile convergence, but there are now several ways they can get there," he added. "Whilst personal mobile broadband is still some way off, we can see the pieces of the jigsaw starting to come together."

For more on Infonetics' reports:
- see Infonetics website

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