Femtocells Emerge as a Key Enabler for WiMax Networks, Report Finds

The growing mobile WiMax demands network operators to overcome many challenges and rely on femtocells, says Unstrung Insider

Sep 8, 2008

Network operators are likely to rely heavily on deployment of home base stations (a.k.a. femtocells) as part of any aggressive rollout of mobile WiMax networks and services, according to the latest report from Unstrung Insider (www.unstrung.com/insider), a paid research service from Unstrung (www.unstrung.com) and TechWeb's Light Reading (www.lightreading.com).

The Future of Mobile WiMax: Where, When & How Much? identifies and analyzes key issues that will affect the deployment of WiMax through 2012. It examines how WiMax will affect the competitive landscape in developed and developing countries. The report also profiles 14 leading WiMax equipment vendors, offering insight into which companies are best positioned to emerge as key players in this market.

For a list of companies analyzed in this report please see: http://img.lightreading.com/uni/pdf/uni0908_companies.pdf

"After spending most of this decade generating a buzz, commercial mobile WiMax services are finally emerging online around the world," notes Tim Kridel, research analyst with Unstrung Insider and author of the report. "WiMax's potential has attracted nearly 500 vendors, not counting those who do not make WiMax products but sell to vendors who do."

Despite its positive momentum, mobile WiMax still has many challenges to overcome on its way to becoming a mainstream service, Kridel says. "One short-term challenge is the device selection, which is currently limited in terms of types and price points," he notes. "That is to be expected because mobile WiMax is in the beginning stages that all new technologies must go through, while device vendors wait for network launches to reach a point warranting aggressive device rollouts. This situation should begin to change toward the end of 2008."

Key findings of The Future of Mobile WiMax: Where, When & How Much? include:

-- Developing markets and underserved areas of developed markets are major opportunities for mobile WiMax.

-- The installed base of mobile WiMax networks is larger than it might initially appear, but operators are being cautious about rollouts until they are satisfied with mobile WiMax end-user devices.

-- Vendors assert that the mobile device selection will begin improving dramatically by mid 2009.

-- The WiMax vendor universe is huge and cutthroat, creating enormous pricing pressure on equipment such as base stations.

The Future of Mobile WiMax: Where, When & How Much? provides critical insight and analysis for a range of industry participants, including:

-- Operators that have launched or are building mobile WiMax networks, while initially focusing on providing fixed and/or portable services

-- Service providers trying to decide if mobile WiMax is beneficial to their buying equipment and launching services

-- WiMax operators trying to lower their backhaul costs

-- Vendors who are waiting to see whether or not mobile WiMax takes off as projected, making the service worth time and money

The Future of Mobile WiMax: Where, When & How Much? is available as part of an annual single-user subscription (12 monthly issues) to Unstrung Insider, priced at $1,595. Individual reports are available for $900 (single-user license).

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