Report: WiMAX subscriber base will grow in Asian market

Sept. 29, 2005 - Still, it faces several challenges in the Asia Pacific area.

Though WiMAX faces several key challenges in the Asia Pacific market, its subscriber base will grow from over 80,000 in 2005 to more than 3.8 million by 2009, reports In-Stat.

In 2009, Asia Pacific Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) subscribers will account for 45% of the world total, the high-tech market research firm says.

"Issues that may hamper the adoption of WiMAX networks in the region include spectrum regulation that varies significantly across countries and competition on mobility from other technologies," says Bryan Wang, an In-Stat Content Manager based in Asia. "Meanwhile, fixed wireless operators are not very enthusiastic about WiMAX after having been burned by last-mile promises in the past. Vendors need to recruit a few high-profile operators to build real-world success stories early on."

A recent report by In-Stat found the following:

* South Korea is estimated to contribute more than 40% of the regional WiMAX equipment revenue in 2009, followed by China with 34% and Japan with 17%.

* South Korea will also boast the highest WiMAX service revenue in 2009, due to its sophisticated broadband content/application industry, which results in higher ARPU.

* By 2009, Asia/Pacific WiMAX equipment spending will account for $1,988.2 million.

The report, "WiMAX in Asia," covers the market for WiMAX in the Asia Pacific region. It includes subscriber and equipment revenue and unit sales forecasts for the region by country through 2009. In-depth analysis of the technical and market challenges facing the adoption of the technology is also provided.

In-Stat is based in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information visit

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