WiMAX is the most cost-effective solution supporting a complete end-to-end solution for a fast deployment cycle; thus enabling service providers to provide substantially higher bandwidth / capacity, and broadband, voice, and video services.

Imagine having the ability to access high-speed Internet services, watch mobile TV, read live sports headlines, get financial updates or make video calls whenever you want and wherever you are. This anytime, anywhere broadband vision is the promise of Mobile WiMAX.

Market for WiMAX

With the increasing use of handheld devices and notebook computers, the need for data oriented mobile broadband services is continuing to grow.  Until now, the early adopters of WiMAX and other broadband wireless access systems have been operators serving areas not covered by traditional wireline broadband connections. However, the two fundamental advantages of WiMAX – commercial availability today and a thriving ecosystem – are making it the technology of choice for mass market broadband applications.

Trends indicate that WiMAX is targeting two distinct markets: primary broadband services and personal broadband.

The WiMAX Advantage in Emerging Markets

Providing basic communication services in emerging markets and empowering the local population, offers the potential for revolutionising social, economic, educational, and health trends. Providing equal communications opportunities to the mass population will enable the proliferation of additional programs and services for the benefit of the people and form a significant bridge over the digital divide.

Affordability, availability, and ease of use favour the adoption of WiMAX as a means for achieving broadband wireless connectivity. Here, WiMAX seems to be the most cost-effective solution supporting a complete end-to-end solution for a fast deployment cycle;  thus, enabling service providers to provide substantially higher bandwidth/ capacity, and broadband, voice, and video services.

Broadband wireless applications for vertical segments

These solutions provide owners and operators of public networks, private networks, utility companies, municipalities and government institutions with broadband connectivity and applications for their requirements. Examples for such applications include connectivity for government and municipal offices; security and surveillance services; campus-to-campus broadband connectivity; oil, gas and mining applications; and many other machine-to-machine automated applications which require high-speed wireless access. In this market segment, a standard-based solution offers a unique advantage over the typical proprietary solutions available today.

Relationship Between WiMAX and 3G

There is a strong relationship between WiMAX and 3G. Actually, WiMAX can be viewed as a complementary technology to 3G technology and therefore service providers can deploy 3G networks to handle voice services and narrower-band data communications. WiMAX is deployed in order to give service providers the opportunity to offer their subscribers true mobile broadband connectivity. This model is considered so successful that WiMAX is regarded as a data overlay network to existing 3G networks. Moreover, since WiMAX supports voice services with great success due to its inherent Quality of Service (QoS) mechanisms, service providers may wish to utilise WiMAX networks to offer both types of services and even further optimise their expenditures in the future.

An Eye to the Future

In the portable/fixed broadband market, WiMAX is an attractive, low-risk opportunity to retain or gain competitive advantage. As nomadic and fixed services evolve to mobile, WiMAX-based mobile broadband services enables a shift towards a full mobile solution (similar to solutions now deployed in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan), supporting multiple devices and multiple services per subscriber and enabling service providers to move to the next stage of service provisioning. Ultimately, technology is as good as the benefits it enables for its target customers