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WiMAX to Be Huge Market by '15

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 01 February 2011

The 2011 WiMAX forum kicked off its three-day run in Taipei, an event attended by a stellar line-up of operators, including Clearwire, Sprint, BSML, Packet ne, and UQ, and equipment makers such as Samsung, Motorola and Cisco.

Taiwan was the host country for the same conference five years ago, when the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers confirmed the IEEE 802.16e standard that dictates how WiMAX should be run.

WiMAX, or worldwide interoperability of microwave access, and LTE, or long-term evolution, are two competing technologies for the so-called 4G data transmission, which has gained popularity in an increasing number of places across the globe.

Ron Resnick, chairman of the WiMAX Forum, pointed out globally, WiMAX users topped 13 million in 2010 and will increase to 18 million by the end of this year.

Hsieh Ching-tang, engineer with the Industrial Technology Research Institute, said that the WiMAX roaming market will experience a 86 percent growth, and that production value is expected to reach US$67 billion in 2015, citing data by Informa.

"In the future, roaming will not only be done between local operators but also done internationally," he said.

According to operators, client-side WiMAX equipment has become less expensive. Price has reduced from US$100 to about US$50 to US$60 now, and joint procurement efforts may slash prices further to US$30 to US$40.

Operators, however, must work out spectrum issues. U.S. and Taiwan, for example, use the 2.5GHz band of the spectrum, while Southeast Asia uses the 2.3GHz spectrum. Multi-band modems may be needed to address this issue, operators said.

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