In just a few short years, WiMax has become a disruptive force in the wireless industry.
As the first 4G wireless technology, WiMax has the potential to do for broadband what the cell phone did for voice and provide high-speed internet access for millions of users globally.
The wireless industry made it clear over the last year or so that 4G technology is a short-term necessity in mature markets, and the long-term answer to broadband connectivity worldwide. In mature markets, consumers are beginning to find ubiquitous access to medium or higher-rate broadband a necessary part of their communications capabilities.
In developing markets, wireless will continue to be the only affordable way to deliver broadband and governments will foster those services to promote economic growth. Thus, it is clear that the experience with voice services over the last two decades-in which it overtook and caused the decline of wireline-will repeat itself with broadband. That is, wireless will become the dominant method to deliver broadband services to users. This process may take awhile, but it will happen.