Alcatel Says WiMAX
Demand Outpacing 3G In Some Areas
LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel SA
(ALA) said Wednesday that demand for WiMAX infrastructure is outpacing
demand for UMTS infrastructure, though its popularity varies among
The WiMAX, or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, and
UMTS, or Universal Mobile Telecommunications System, technologies
offer faster wireless connections than conventional mobile networks.
Speaking at the Financial Times World Mobile Telecommunications
conference here, Alcatel Chief Operating Officer Marc Rouanne said
demand for WiMAX technology, which proponents hope will accelerate the
spread of high-speed Internet access, is prevalent in Latin America,
Russia, and India, but not in Western Europe, where 3G technology is
still the focus.
There is little demand for WiMAX infrastructure in China, Rouanne
WiMAX is targeted initially at replacing stationary fixed-line
connections, but it is also expected in the future to gain popularity
for the mobile use of laptop computers, competing with 3G technology.
The technology was given a boost in April when Intel Corp. (INTC)
launched its first communications chip that uses WiMAX. However, it
isn't expected to be ready for mobile use for two years or more.
Alcatel is a telecommunications equipment maker. It generates most of
its revenue from fixed-line equipment, although it is seeking to build
its presence in mobile markets.