WiMAX Needs VoIP

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WiMAX Needs VoIP

Received this Instat report I thought I'd share: Also, check out this NWFusion article titled "Throwing some water on WiMax and VoIP providers". Perhaps it gives a dose of reality for the WiMAX and VoIP hype. Nah. We need more hype! : )

WiMAX Gains Traction But Needs VoIP

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., January 25, 2005 - WiMAX, or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is becoming a force in the wireless access arena, at least in parts of the world, reports In-Stat (http://www.in-stat.com). By 2008, worldwide sales for WiMAX equipment will be billions of dollars, but over half of it will be for Customer Premise Equipment. WiMAX, a new form of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA), helps shift the economics of broadband to make it cheaper than ever to deploy. However, WiMAX providers will need to bundle wireless broadband services with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), so that consumers will save money every month, even though they are upgrading from dial-up Internet access to broadband.

"Though in the US, the technology has not been considered a serious prospect to enter the mainstream, outside of North America, Western Europe, and parts of Asia, the perception of BWA is very different," says Eric Mantion, In-Stat analyst. "In those areas, BWA is often the only choice for connectivity, and this connectivity isn't just for data services. In many parts of the world the main benefit of BWA comes from providing voice service."

In-Stat has also found that:

Another area where WiMAX is expected to do well is as a way to provide Point-to-Point (PtP) links. A prime example would be with cellular BTSs that are currently using a leased line to provide a backhaul to the network.

Deploying a WiMAX-based network that reaches 98% of US homes would cost an estimated $3 billion - including equipment, towers, and other ancillary costs.

Beyond VoIP and broadband, WiMAX promises to eventually provide a solution for the high cost of cellular phone use.

There are also a myriad of other, smaller applications, such as helping with Homeland Security or traffic safety, that are open to WiMAX on an ancillary basis.

The report, "WiMAX: The Rebel Broadband" (#IN0401183WN),provides forecasts for several different types of WiMAX equipment through 2008. This report also provides a detailed technical backgrounder and an expansive market overview so that the reader is fully versed in all the pertinent aspects of WiMAX. To purchase this report, or formore information, please visit: http://www.in-stat.com/catalog/bcatalogue.asp?ID=4 or contact Erin McKeighan at 480-609-4551; emckeighan@reedbusiness.com.The report is priced at $3,495.00 U.S. Dollars

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