WiMAX will enable a new breed of service providers to flourish
New Detecon white paper outlines key points on this emerging
SAN MATEO, CA – Detecon Inc. today released five key predictions on
how WiMAX will affect the industry. Most importantly, WiMAX will
enable service providers to offer a full bundle of voice, data and
“The industry is approaching a turning point,” said Holger Spielberg,
Vice President of Detecon, Inc. “WiMAX will allow new types of
competitors to enter multiple market segments, going head to head with
Detecon’s predictions are outlined in its new white paper entitled
“WiMAX Overview and Outlook for the USA” published this month.
Detecon’s WiMAX predictions include:
deployment in heavily wired markets, such as Western Europe and
North America, will be slower than in non-wired markets (such as
China, India and the Caribbean) where the technology’s primary use
will be for voice and data services.
be of less interest to large wireline network operators who are not
interested in providing bandwidth parity for those too far from the
head-end or central office.
operators will focus on mobility more than bandwidth and therefore
will prefer 3GPPP technologies over WiMAX.
allow a new breed of wireless internet service providers to
flourish. Municipalities, power companies and also companies with
many points of presence in key locations (such as Walmart, Fedex or
the US Postal Service) could use WiMAX to enter the electronic data
also play a role in the convergence market where it could provide
some element of a triple play bouquet. The most interesting examples
are the Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) companies that could use
WiMAX to complement their video offering with data and voice, making
them more attractive against cable companies or Telcos.
white paper also lists important factors that differentiate WiMAX from
previous broadband wireless access technologies:
WiMAX is a standard.
Most carriers and network equipment manufacturers have embraced the
standard, part of the highly popular 802 (Ethernet) standard family.
WiMAX does not require Line of Sight (LOS).
Most previous broadband wireless access solutions required LOS, making
ubiquitous deployment a marketing hope, but an insurmountable
technical challenge in cities where foliage and buildings obscure LOS.
WiMAX offers Quality of Service (QoS).
QoS allows for the deployment of voice, data and video applications.
By increasing service diversity (e.g., triple or quadruple play),
WiMAX allows for wider and richer deployments.
WiMAX has the best spectrum efficiency to date.
WiMAX has a theoretical spectrum efficiency of up to 7bit/Hz/Second --
by far, superior to most other wireless technologies. This efficiency
allows providers more latitude in their business plans both to acquire
(when necessary) spectrum and to manage their radio frequency (RF)
WiMAX is supported by industry leaders.
Before WiMAX, broadband wireless access was the dueling fields of
small operators served by small equipment manufacturers. Unable to
drive enough volumes, little venture capital was invested. On the
other hand, industry leaders such as Intel are firmly behind WiMAX,
seeing it as a follow-up for its hugely successful Centrino. The
marketing might of Intel has created an industry-wide momentum for
investment, as well as research and development activities.
“Detecon is in an excellent position to help both incumbents and new
entrants identify the opportunities and risks associated with WiMAX,”
said Dr. Patrick Pfeffer, Senior Consultant, Detecon, Inc. “This can
help industry players significantly cut capital expense, while
speeding time to market.”
An Executive Summary of this in-depth white paper is available at
With over 3,000 projects in 120 countries and more than 600
consultants on staff, Detecon is one of the world’s leading global
consulting firms for the communications and information technology
industry. Providing business insights and technology services that
help clients succeed, Detecon serves enterprises, service providers
and government entities in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Detecon, Inc. is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with other U.S.
offices in San Mateo, California and Miami, Florida. Other offices are
located in key markets throughout the world. Detecon is a fully owned
subsidiary of T-Systems International GmbH, a division of Deutsche
Telekom. Please visit us at www.DeteconAmericas.com.
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