Mobile WiMAX to leap-frog fixed version

Mobile WiMAX, when it comes around, will leap-frog fixed WiMAX technology, says a new report from Juniper Research. The report says mobile WiMAX will grow from 1.7 million subscribers in 2007 to 21.3 million by 2012. Juniper analyst Aditya Kaul said he anticipates that "although fixed and mobile WiMAX were developed with a complimentary eye to serving different markets, the services they offer will inevitably become intertwined, creating complimentary as well as competing solutions-depending on the user environment."

Who will drive the surge in mobile WiMAX growth: Vendors such as Nokia, Ericsson, Nortel, and Siemens, and they all see WiMAX as complementary to 3G.  Aditya also said that WiMAX was designed as a less-expensive alternative to 3G, and that it was thus not surprising that "the global market for mobile WiMAX equipment, including base stations and CPE equipment, is set to reach $2.53 billion by 2012."

For more on the report of the growth of mobile WiMAX:
- check out Juniper research's Web site

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