In WiMax, the New Beats the Old, So Far
May 29, 2007
Startups outpaced the late-to-the-party established players in equipment sales last year, while the subscriber base soared.
New reports in today from analysts show how early-to-the-party WiMax equipment vendors are reaping the rewards as the number of subscribers using the technology climbs.
Up first, In-Stat says in 2006 the companies that jumped first on the WiMax bandwagon, including Alavarion, Aperto, Redline and Airspan, held the dominant market positions compared to better-known WiMax providers like Nokia, Siemens, Motorola and Samsung.
In-Stat analyst Daryl Schoolar says the early pioneers may lose their market share dominance over the next couple of years, [but] they should continue to grow their revenues, benefiting from the overall growth of the market. The numbers are found in In-Stats report entitled "2006 WiMAX Equipment Market Share - Waiting to Sprint.
In-Stat also thinks that the current 802.16 equipment for fixed WiMax will have a longer life cycle, as there have been delays in the certification of 802.16e, or mobile WiMax.
Maravedis went on with key findings for the quarter, saying that the majority of wireless broadband deployments are still pre-WiMax proprietary (52%). 58% of users are residential, and the other 42% are businesses. They also say that with prices of DSL and WiMax services so close, price isnt a big factor in most areas for getting users to sign up for wireless broadband.