Harris Stratex, a backhaul specialist and WiMAX RAN supplier, believes it will be a main beneficiary of President Obama’s $7.2bn broadband stimulus package. Aimed at extending high-speed connectivity to rural communities in the US, the $7.2bn fund has a ‘Buy America’ provision attached to it, as has President Obama’s entire fiscal stimulus package across different industry sectors, which is worth around $800bn in total.
HSPA is on a roll. According to figures supplied by market research firm Wireless Intelligence, there were 245 HSPA networks in commercial service worldwide as of mid-May 2009. Moreover, a further 113 HSPA networks are in the process of being deployed, trialled or planned.
Dennis Sverdlov, Yota CEO, talks to Ken Wieland about his ambitious plans to use WiMAX to dominate the fixed and mobile broadband markets in Russia.
Despite the rollout of HSPA networks gathering pace around the world, with the top-end of the HSPA range (without MIMO) offering peak downlink rates of 14.4Mbps, it does not unduly concern Siavash Alamouti, CTO of Intel’s Mobile Wireless Group.
BSNL, a state-owned fixed and mobile operator in India, has released a much tougher set of financial conditions for its new WiMAX tender.
“LTE is going to have some disadvantages,” says Bill Morrow, Clearwire CEO. Speaking to telecoms.com about the potential ‘threat’ from LTE in light of Verizon’s plans to roll out the rival ’4G’ technology in 20 to 30 US markets by the end of next year.
The long-running dispute between Brazil’s MMDS (multichannel multipoint distribution service) operators and 3G operators over Mobile WiMAX deployment shows little sign of resolution.
The WiMAX Forum has announced that a roaming trial between Clearwire and Digital Bridge Communications (DBC), two US Mobile WiMAX operators using 2.5GHz spectrum, will start at the end of this month.
The BSNL WiMAX tender has been cancelled. According to telecoms.com sources, India’s state-owned fixed and mobile operator is now looking at putting in place new terms and conditions for another tender.
Annual revenues from WiMAX 802.16e broadband subscribers will exceed $15 billion globally by 2014. That is the headline finding of a recent report from Juniper Research, which says it trimmed its previous WiMAX revenue forecasts on account of spectrum auction postponements in several countries, funding problems from the credit crunch, and slow network implementations.
US WiMAX operator Clearwire announced Wednesday an improved set of financial results for Q1 2009. Pro forma revenue for the three months ended 31 March 2009 increased by 21 percent to $62.14m compared with Q1 2008. Top line growth was driven by a 13 per cent increase in Clearwire subscribers and a seven percent hike in ARPU to $39.52 over the same period.
WiMAX Vision speaks to CC Puan, CEO of Green Packet Malaysia, and MD of the Green Packet Group, about the firm’s WiMAX interests as both supplier and operator.
Despite announcing more than three months ago it was on the verge of naming another WiMAX rollout partner, BSNL, a state-owned fixed and mobile operator in India, appears to be no nearer to making a decision.
Pan-Caribbean GSM operator leapfrogs 3G and takes the WiMAX route to mobile broadband.
The overwhelming majority of WiMAX operators require devices to be WiMAX Forum certified.
Michael Lai, the charismatic CEO of P1, a 2.3GHz WiMAX operator in Malaysia, is candid about the size of the challenge facing the WiMAX community. “This year is a defining year for WIMAX,” he says. “It’s got to happen and it’s got to happen big.”
CC Puan, the CEO of Green Packet Berhad, which is the parent company of Malaysian WiMAX operator Packet One (P1), anticipates strong WiMAX subscriber growth through 2009.
Despite the repeated delays in the BWA and 3G spectrum auctions in India, analysts at market research firms Maravedis and Tonse Telecom expect a ‘reasonable user base’ of 3G and WiMAX subscribers to be established over the next five years.
Worldmax has launched commercial Mobile WiMAX in the Netherlands and the telecom world is watching.