The main trend in the market WiMAX is currently the focus of vendors and operators to build hybrid networks WiMAX / LTE, which are intended to co-exist in the networks of several 4G technologies with a view to merging in LTE-Advanced.
J’son & Partners Consulting, a leading international consulting firm specializing in the markets of telecommunications, media, IT and innovation in Russia, CIS, Central Asia has analyzed the major trends and market forecasts of wireless broadband based on WiMAX operators and the possibility of transition to LTE.
Currently, there are two basic technologies, conditionally related to the fourth generation communication (4G) – it’s LTE and WiMAX. In this case, the main advantage of LTE is that this standard was the next step in the development of technology 3G (UMTS / HSPA, HSPA +), while WiMAX is a separate branch of the evolution of mobile broadband.
With comparable to LTE performance, WiMAX technology has been less suited to mass deployment. Many of the key vendors turned investments in WiMAX and switched over LTE. According to various forecasts, by 2015 the share of WiMAX will have only about 1% of the mobile broadband access in general, and to 13% 4G subscriber base in the world.
The main impediments to the development of WiMAX around the world are a limited number of consumer devices, the virtual absence of roaming and refusal largest vendors and mobile operators from investing in this technology in favor of LTE.
According to J’son & Partners Consulting, overall, the transition to LTE, in most countries, will likely last for several years, which will require the regulator to ensure that the operators corresponding frequency resource and harmonization of the state of their industry legislation.